30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 1 night
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lérins Islands and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nice online driving holiday planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 47°F in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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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 27th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, then get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier de la Barben, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Marseille journey planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Marseille sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

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 29th (Mon): steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Tour Barberousse, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Just, then step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, and finally make a trip to Le site cathare de Minerve.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Chateau des Baux de Provence. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Rocher des Doms. Venture out of the city with trips to Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, &more) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, and trek along Le Sentier des Ocres.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): hit the slopes at ESF PLagne 1800, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plagne, then get outside with snow panthers motoneige, and finally stroll through ESF Belle Plagne.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Macot-la-Plagne trip maker.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Macot-la-Plagne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Macot-la-Plagne can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough 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. On the 4th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Prosneige, stroll through Mini Clubs ESF, then fly down the slopes at Elements Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Black Forest, and finally hit the slopes at La Piste des Animaux.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens trip tool.

Traveling by car from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in April, plan for slightly colder days in Val Thorens, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
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Find places to stay Apr 3 — 5:
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Chamonix — 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Val Thorens to Chamonix by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Institut & Musee Lumiere and Colline de Fourviere. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse), La Roche de Solutre (in Solutre-Pouilly) and Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lyon holiday maker app.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Juno Beach Centre and Memorial de Caen. Kids will enjoy Omaha Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Bayeux sightseeing planner.

Fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, Bayeux is a bit cooler than Lyon - with highs of 58°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 2 nights

On the 14th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Calais Beach, then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer, and finally meet the residents at Nausicaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Cap Gris-Nez, then explore the striking landscape at Cap Blanc-Nez, and then brush up on your military savvy at La Coupole.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Boulogne-sur-Mer trip planning website.

Getting from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Kids will appreciate attractions like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Galerie des Carrosses). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Paris sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 15 — 20:

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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