30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva Bus Station, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lérins Islands and Musee de la Photographie Charles Negre. Venture out of the city with trips to La Croisette (in Cannes), Morgana Boutique (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and don't miss a visit to Tour de l'Horloge..

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice attractions planning site.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vallon des Auffes and Palais des Papes. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau des Baux de Provence and Roman Theatre of Orange. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Rocher des Doms (in Avignon). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March in Marseille, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

— 1 night
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
On the 2nd (Fri), stroll through Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer online road trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In April, daytime highs in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 3rd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, and finally contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just, and finally make a trip to Tour Barberousse.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Carcassonne itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Val Thorens

— 2 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, then fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally fly down the slopes at Elements Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens trip maker website.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Carcassonne to Val Thorens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 6:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get outside with snow panthers motoneige, hit the slopes at La Plagne, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, then hit the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, and finally stroll through Courchevel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): head outdoors with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, tour the pleasant surroundings at SkiBro Technologies, then tour the pleasant surroundings at ESF Belle Plagne, and finally fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Macot-la-Plagne online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Val Thorens to Macot-la-Plagne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April in Macot-la-Plagne, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and then see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Macot-la-Plagne to Chamonix by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 10:

Paris

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Paris takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 15:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pointe du Hoc and Pointe du Grouin. Attractions like Omaha Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique (in Ouistreham). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

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Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau d'Angers and Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jardin des Plantes and Chateau de Langeais. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau d'Usse (in Rigny-Usse), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de La Fleche, and take a stroll through Passage Pommeraye.

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Drive from Bayeux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, daytime highs in Nantes are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.