30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Drive to Albi
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Albi
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tignes
— 1 night
Train
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Angaka Village Nordique, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, don't miss a visit to Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally take in the views from Pont Vieux.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Albi trip itinerary planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Albi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albi when traveling from Washington DC in January, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Les Halles de Narbonne, admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just, walk around Place Gambetta, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Rennes le chateau, then examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, then steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, and finally ponder the design of Place Carnot.

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Traveling by car from Albi to Carcassonne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parc National des Calanques and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Cathédrale La Major. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Musee Granet) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon, Palais des Papes, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marseille sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Nice

— 5 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 Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musée Marc Chagall make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Chapelle de la Garoupe, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more), Ville medieval (in Vence) and Cannes (Vieux Port, La Croisette, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Chamonix

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Vallee Blanche and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brevent Cable Car and Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chamonix: Megeve Raquettes (in Megeve), Via Ferrata de la Curalla (in Plateau d'Assy) and Cirque des Fonts (in Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Aiguille des Grands Montets, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, and get to know the resident critters at Parc de Merlet.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamonix online journey planner.

Getting from Nice to Chamonix by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tignes.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Tignes

— 1 night
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get outside with Sentier Botanique, get outside with The Development Centre - Tignes, stroll through British Alpine Ski School, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then ski along the peaceful trails at SkiBro Technologies, and finally hit the slopes at Snowtubing Tignes.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tignes trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Chamonix to Tignes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Meribel.

Things to do in Tignes

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
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Meribel

— 3 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Station de Ski les Saisies and Courchevel. Attractions like La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Snowdlight Ski School make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Meribel: Cormet d'Areches (in Areches) and Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more).

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Meribel trip planner.

You can take a train from Tignes to Meribel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Meribel, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Meribel

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

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 1st (Mon): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On your second day here, stroll through La Grave, hit the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Clubs ESF, then expand your horizons at Prosneige, and finally tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Val Thorens travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Meribel to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your trip

Lyon

— 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Bring the kids along to Musee de Grenoble and Pont des Amours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Colline de Fourviere. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Palais de l'Ile), Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors) and Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and ski along the peaceful trails at La Clusaz.

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Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Lyon sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

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 enjoy Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Jacquemart-Andre and The Trianons & The Hamlet. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Galerie des Carrosses). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, take a stroll through Le Marais, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

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Fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 11:

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.