30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary maker

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Amiens
— 1 night
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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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

— 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Fontainebleau and Jardin des Tuileries. Do some cultural sightseeing 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 much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Paris is 6 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Amiens

— 1 night

City of Canals

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, wander the streets of St-Leu, then learn about all things military at Sir John Monash Centre, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Amiens driving holiday planner.

Drive from Paris to Amiens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Amiens are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and Pointe du Grouin. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux attractions site.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Mini World Lyon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges), Dijon (Place de la Liberation & Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon) and Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, and wander the streets of The Presqu'ile.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

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 12th (Tue): stroll through Prosneige, fly down the slopes at Ski Cool, then stroll through La Grave, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Black Forest, and finally fly down the slopes at Elements Park. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Val Thorens online attractions planner.

Getting from Lyon to Val Thorens by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in January, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:
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Strasbourg

— 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

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.
Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Eglise St-Martin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Œuvre de la cathédrale and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Colmar (Old Town, Musee du Jouet, &more), Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix, don't miss a visit to Gare de Metz-Ville, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

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You can drive from Val Thorens to Strasbourg in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a train. January in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Suquet and Musee Picasso. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, make a trip to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nice holiday maker tool.

Getting from Strasbourg to Nice by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, Nice is somewhat warmer than Strasbourg - with highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais Longchamp and Vallon des Auffes. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc National des Calanques and Cours Mirabeau. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

Albi

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, take in the views from Pont Vieux, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Forteresse de Najac and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Albi trip app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Albi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. While traveling from Marseille, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Albi, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.