30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Train
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, then make a trip to Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally make a trip to Vieille Ville. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Volerie des Aigles, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Jouet.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colmar vacation planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Colmar is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Colmar due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colmar: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 27:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike and Musée Marc Chagall. Attractions like Dune La Londe and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Eglise Saint Louis (in Hyeres) and Savonnerie de Bormes (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and make a trip to Avenue Jean Medecin.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nice road trip planner.

Fly from Colmar to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Colmar in November: high temperatures in Nice hover around 63°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): visit The Panier, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, and finally don't miss a visit to La corniche. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, explore the galleries of Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, plan for little chillier nights in Marseille, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon, contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes). On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then step into the grandiose world of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally kick back and relax at Espiguette Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Arles, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Marseille in December, you will find days in Arles are little chillier (51°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne vacation planner.

You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Lyon

— 3 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. Get a sense of the local culture at Institut & Musee Lumiere and Fourviere Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Lyon online holiday maker.

You can take a train from Carcassonne to Lyon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carcassonne in December: highs in Lyon hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Valencay and Chateau Royal de Blois. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Blois: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Place Plumereau (in Tours). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale De Bourges, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Photographie, steep yourself in history at Palais Jacques-Coeur, and see the interesting displays at Espace Memoire du Patrimoine de l'Equipement et des Ponts et Chaussees.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Blois trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Blois takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

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 13th (Sun): walk around Parc du Thabor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Fort National, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, then enjoy the sea views from Cap Fréhel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Fort La Latte.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Malo online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Blois to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Blois in December, Saint-Malo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Memorial de Caen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Musee du debarquement and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: 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 kick back and relax at Omaha Beach.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Bayeux driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, explore the world behind art at Musee de Picardie, then learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Samaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Lochnagar Crater, examine the collection at Musee Somme 1916, appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Australian National Memorial, then visit St-Leu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Amiens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

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.
You've now added Musee Rodin to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and Interios. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, don't miss a visit to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

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.