30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Annecy
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly to Nantes, Drive to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Annecy — 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Explore hidden gems such as Station de Ski les Saisies and Palais de l'Ile. Attractions like Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne and La Plagne make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: La Clusaz (in La Clusaz) and Reflex Ski School (in Macot-la-Plagne). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Pont des Amours, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Annecy tour itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Annecy is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Annecy is 6 hours. In January in Annecy, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Vallee Blanche and Aiguille des Grands Montets. Discover out-of-the-way places like Brevent Cable Car and Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Chamonix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can 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. On the 22nd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): hit the slopes at Elements Park, hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, and finally tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Val Thorens trip planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Val Thorens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lyon.
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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.
Musee de Grenoble and Musee Miniature et Cinema are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Colline de Fourviere and Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to La Roche de Solutre in Solutre-Pouilly, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Estades Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon driving holiday site.

Drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Lyon sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip builder app.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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 Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Cathédrale La Major. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc National des Calanques and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Cape Canaille (in Cassis) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, and contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Marseille tour builder tool.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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 Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Get a sense of the local culture at Place Garibaldi and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nice tour site.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Honfleur.
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Honfleur — 4 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Bayeux (Cathedrale Notre-Dame & Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie), Abbaye aux Hommes (in Caen) and Le Havre (Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa & Eglise St-Joseph). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace, admire the masterpieces at Centre d'Art Contemporain Matmut, get engrossed in the history at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), and witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Honfleur route builder site.

Getting from Nice to Honfleur by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, Honfleur is little chillier than Nice - with highs of 45°F and lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paris.
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Musee Jacquemart-Andre. Family-friendly places like Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Paris travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Paris are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to fly 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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