30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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Blois
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Amiens
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Lyon
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Place Garibaldi and Spas. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Juan-les-Pins (Eglise Notre Dame de la Pinede & Easy Dive). The adventure continues: get outside with Promenade du Paillon, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice visit site.

Chennai, India to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Nice. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chennai in November: high temperatures in Nice hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
On the 5th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit The Panier, then explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Marseille. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.
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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 7th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Espiguette Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arles driving holiday planner.

Drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Marseille in December, plan for slightly colder days in Arles, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car 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 9th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then make a trip to La Porte D'aude, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Albi.
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Albi — 1 night

Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 11th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then examine the collection at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Charles Portal.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Albi trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Albi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Albi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Blois.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Valencay and Chateau de Langeais. Attractions like Chateau Royal de Blois and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Place Plumereau (in Tours), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Blois trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Albi to Blois in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial de Caen and Pointe du Hoc. Kids will enjoy Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Hommes, and brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bayeux online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Blois to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Amiens.
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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 19th (Sat): wander the streets of St-Leu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, explore the world behind art at Musee de Picardie, take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Australian National Memorial, and finally contemplate the long history of Lochnagar Crater. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Carriere Wellington, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then examine the collection at Musee Somme 1916, and finally pause for some photo ops at Thiepval Memorial.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Amiens trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Amiens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Amiens can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough 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.
Musee Rodin has been added to your itinerary. Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Fontainebleau and 9th Arrondissement. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Montmartre, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Amiens to Paris in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lyon.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Miniature et Cinema and The Presqu'ile. Kids will enjoy Institut & Musee Lumiere and Safari de Peaugres. Change things up with a short trip to Sanctuaire de Notre Dame d'Ay in Saint-Romain-d'Ay (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) 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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