30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Paris
— 4 nights
Train
5
Tours
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Lyon
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle — 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, take a tour of Hermione - La Fayette, examine the collection at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, then examine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, take some stellar pictures from Clocher Observatoire, then enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, and finally learn about all things military at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the La Rochelle online trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in February, La Rochelle is a bit warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 2 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint-Malo Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Sillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, make a trip to Centre Historique, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cap Fréhel, then make a trip to La Cite d'Aleth, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Malo trip builder app.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Saint-Malo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Memorial de Caen and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pegasus Bridge and Thalazur Cabourg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église) and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

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You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. February in Bayeux sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will thrill your kids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Île de la Cité. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Le Marais, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and visit Montmartre.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Paris online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tours.
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Tours — 4 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee des Blindes and Chateau de Cheverny. Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Saint-Gatien and Palais Jacques-Coeur. Change things up with these side-trips from Tours: Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord), Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche) and Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale De Bourges, admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, and steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tours sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Tours in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Tours, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Marseille.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Kids will appreciate attractions like Parc National des Calanques and Chateau d'If. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Arles (Musee Departemental Arles Antique & Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of The Panier and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Marseille day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Tours to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tours in February: highs in Marseille hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Place Garibaldi and Palais Lascaris. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), and admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Nice road trip planning website.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in February, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): try out the rides at Domaine des Planards, fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Cristaux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally get all the equipment you need at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip itinerary website.

Drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Val Thorens.
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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. On the 6th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, stroll through Elements Park, fly down the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then learn something new at Ski Cool, and finally hit the slopes at Prosneige.

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Getting from Chamonix to Val Thorens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Lyon.
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Lyon — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, and then delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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