30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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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 — 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 Musee d'Orsay. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and visit Montmartre.

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 11.5-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.
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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.
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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 Mont Saint-Michel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). 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 fly to Lyon.
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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 Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Théâtre gallo-romain and Cite medievale de Perouges. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Dijon (Place de la Liberation, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, &more), Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges) and Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier.

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 3 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.
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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 12th (Tue): stroll through Prosneige, see the winter wonderland with 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 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. 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 travel to Strasbourg.
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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. 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.
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 Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr), Colmar (Old Town, Musee du Jouet, &more) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, don't miss a visit to Gare de Metz-Ville, and get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix.

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You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Strasbourg in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; 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 catch the flight 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Get a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Le Suquet, Rue d'Antibes, &more), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Place Massena, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Strasbourg to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Strasbourg in January, with highs in Nice at 56°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais Longchamp and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc National des Calanques and Vallon des Auffes. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Cours Mirabeau) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques, get a taste of the local shopping with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, stop by The Panier, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Albi.
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Albi — 2 nights

Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 25th (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, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Forteresse de Najac and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Albi trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Marseille to Albi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 26th (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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