30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Drive to Albi
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Albi
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tignes
— 1 night
Train
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Albi — 1 night

Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Angaka Village Nordique, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, admire the natural beauty at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally take in the views from Pont Vieux.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Albi trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Albi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Albi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, Albi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathar Castles and Chateau de Queribus. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Peyrepertuse and Chateau Comtal. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Porte du Peyrou (in Montpellier), Paroisse Saint Nazaire (in Beziers) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais, contemplate the waterfront views at Garonne, and take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Albi to Carcassonne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Cathédrale La Major. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parc National des Calanques and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Vieil Aix) and Avignon (Avignon Les Halles, Palais des Papes, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Moulin Le Pain Blanc, wander the streets of The Panier, and shop like a local with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Marseille holiday planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Marseille sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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 Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Spas. Family-friendly places like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Palais Lascaris will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Le Nomade, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more), Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette) and 365 Fromages (in Valbonne). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vallee Blanche and Parasailing & Paragliding. Family-friendly places like Brevent Cable Car and Aiguille du Midi will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce (in Saint-Nicolas-de-Veroce), Parapente Planete (in Les Carroz-d'Araches) and Megeve (Le Chemin du Calvaire & Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents)). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin, take in the pleasant sights at Haute Level Route, a high level walk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix journey planning tool.

You can drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Tignes.
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Tignes — 1 night

Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): fly down the slopes at The Development Centre - Tignes, ski along the peaceful trails at SkiBro Technologies, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, tour along fresh powder with British Alpine Ski School Val D'Isere, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tignes Massage, and finally fly down the slopes at Snowtubing Tignes.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tignes trip planning site.

You can drive from Chamonix to Tignes in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Meribel.
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Meribel — 3 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and Snowdlight Ski School. Explore hidden gems such as La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Courchevel. Explore Meribel's surroundings by going to Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more), La Plagne (in La Plagne-Tarentaise) and Piccard Sports (in Les Saisies).

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Meribel online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Tignes to Meribel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Meribel sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time 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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll through Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the next day, fly down the slopes at La Grave, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, fly down the slopes at Prosneige, then tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, and finally get interesting insight from Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Val Thorens online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Meribel to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de Grenoble and Institut & Musee Lumiere. Explore hidden gems such as Musee Miniature et Cinema and Mini World Lyon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Musee de l'Ancien Eveche). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Lyon sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight 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 discover tucked-away gems like Musee Jacquemart-Andre and Le Trocadero et son esplanade. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, stop by Le Marais, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and wander the streets of Île de la Cité.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time 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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