30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Train
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
8
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
11
Colmar
— 2 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'Orsay and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Kids will appreciate attractions like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and stop by Le Marais.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder site.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 6:

Amiens

— 2 nights

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.
On the 7th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis, appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial, steep yourself in history at Lochnagar Crater, 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Carriere Wellington, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Australian National Memorial, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de Picardie.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Amiens trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Amiens in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kids will enjoy Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Airborne Museum. Memorial de Caen and Musee du debarquement are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online itinerary planner.

Getting from Amiens to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

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.
On the 12th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at Parlement de Bretagne, stroll around Parc du Thabor, enjoy breathtaking views from Les Remparts de Dinan, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then stroll through Plage du Sillon, and finally contemplate the long history of Saint-Malo Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saint-Malo travel route site.

Drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

Blois

— 3 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Kids will enjoy Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Valencay and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Place Plumereau (in Tours). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, contemplate the long history of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Photographie.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Blois trip planning site.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Blois in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Blois can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 16:

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.
Attractions like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Safari de Peaugres make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Institut & Musee Lumiere and Fourviere Hill. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Annecy (Palais de l'Ile, La Vieille Ville, &more) and Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, Owl's Trail, &more). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Blois to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Lyon are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
On the 21st (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne journey maker.

Getting from Lyon to Carcassonne by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. November in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally kick back and relax at Espiguette Beach.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Arles road trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Arles, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:

Marseille

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then stop by The Panier, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, stop by Cours Mirabeau, then admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille day trip planner.

You can drive from Arles to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Explore hidden gems such as Place Garibaldi and Eglise Saint-Martin dite Saint-Augustin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite, La Croisette, &more) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, make a trip to Place Massena, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Nice are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, make a trip to Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally make a trip to Vieille Ville. On your second day here, examine the collection at Cite de l'Automobile and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colmar online road trip planner.

You can fly from Nice to Colmar in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nice in November: high temperatures in Colmar hover around 51°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

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.