30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Amiens
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 2 nights
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Paris — 4 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Île de la Cité and Laurence Esnol Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

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Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Amiens.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Amiens — 2 nights

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at Be Baie, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally wander the streets of St-Leu. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Carriere Wellington, then steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis.

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Getting from Paris to Amiens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Amiens can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Pegasus Bridge (in Ranville). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins Suspendus, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

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Traveling by car from Amiens to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Bayeux are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Lyon — 4 nights

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.
Musee Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and Fresque des Lyonnais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, &more), Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble) and Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

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You can fly from Bayeux to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bayeux in December, Lyon is little chillier at night with lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yeti Park, stroll through Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then stroll through Ski Cool, then learn and have fun at Prosneige, and finally stop by La Belle en Cuisse. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

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Traveling by car from Lyon to Val Thorens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Strasbourg.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Strasbourg — 4 nights

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Get some cultural insight at Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Alsatian Museum. Kids will enjoy Œuvre de la cathédrale and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Maison Faller-Brief (in Kaysersberg), Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim) and Colmar (Old Town, Maison Pfister, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg, make a trip to Gare de Metz-Ville, take a stroll through La Petite France, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Strasbourg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
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Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

Nice — 4 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Lérins Islands and Le Suquet will thrill your kids. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Vieille Ville. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Musee Picasso, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

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You can fly from Strasbourg to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Strasbourg in January: high temperatures in Nice hover around 56°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

Marseille — 3 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais Longchamp and Chateau d'If. Bring the kids along to Parc National des Calanques and The Panier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Musee Departemental Arles Antique), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

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You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Albi.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Albi — 2 nights

Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 18th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, admire the natural beauty at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Forteresse de Najac and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

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Getting from Marseille to Albi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in January, expect nights in Albi to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are slightly colder, around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

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.