30 days in France Itinerary

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
Train
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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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 La Clusaz and Pont des Amours. Attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and Palais de l'Ile make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Annecy side-trips: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to La Vieille Ville and explore the activities along Lake Annecy.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Annecy itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Annecy is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Annecy. In January, daytime highs in Annecy are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vallee Blanche and Parasailing & Paragliding. Bring the kids along to Brevent Cable Car and Skiprosmegeve. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Aiguille des Grands Montets, examine the collection at Crystal Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and explore the activities along Lac Blanc.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Chamonix trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

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 hit the slopes at 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.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee de Grenoble and Mini World Lyon. Get some cultural insight at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fourviere Hill. 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, wander the streets of Place des Jacobins, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste.

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 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a 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 take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

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 train from Lyon to Carcassonne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. 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 go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 27:

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 Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc National des Calanques and Cathédrale La Major. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Cape Canaille (in Cassis), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, and don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. January in Marseille sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

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 Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Vieille Ville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, 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.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 4:

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 Notre Dame de Grace and Vieux Bassin. Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Bayeux (Cathedrale Notre-Dame & Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie), Le Havre (Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa & Eglise St-Joseph) and Abbaye aux Hommes (in Caen). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, get engrossed in the history at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and kick back and relax at Deauville Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Honfleur holiday maker tool.

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. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nice in February: high temperatures in Honfleur hover around 45°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

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 d'Orsay. Family-friendly places like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe 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 the world behind art at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, wander the streets of Montmartre, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

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 bus; or take a train. 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:

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.