30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Honfleur — 3 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Attractions like Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Historial Jeanne d’Arc make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Notre Dame de Grace. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Bayeux), Caen (Abbaye aux Hommes & Memorial de Caen) and Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, and kick back and relax at Deauville Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Honfleur trip itinerary maker.

Washington, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Honfleur, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in January, Honfleur is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Musee des Arts Forains. Kids will enjoy Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Change things up 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, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Paris sightseeing planner.

Drive from Honfleur to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Paris sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to fly 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathar Castles and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Queribus and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse), Spas (in Perpignan) and Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, and steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Haut de Cagnes. Explore hidden gems such as Place Garibaldi and Palais Lascaris. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette) and Antibes (Musee Picasso, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get a taste of the local shopping with Avenue Jean Medecin, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip builder tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. February in Nice sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get outside with Brevent Cable Car, and finally get all the equipment you need at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Bleu, examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, then get great views at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Annecy.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Station de Ski les Saisies and Pont des Amours. Family-friendly places like Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne and La Vieille Ville will thrill your kids. Explore Annecy's surroundings by going to Piccard Sports (in Les Saisies), La Clusaz (in La Clusaz) and Reflex Ski School (in Macot-la-Plagne). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Annecy day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.
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Val Thorens — 3 nights

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Step off the beaten path and head to Prosneige and Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Kids will appreciate attractions like La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Elements Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Courchevel (in Saint-Bon-Tarentaise) and Meribel (Snowdlight Ski School & Mission Black Forest). The adventure continues: expand your horizons at Ski Cool.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Val Thorens trip planning app.

You can drive from Annecy to Val Thorens in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee de Grenoble and Fresque des Lyonnais. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Musee Dauphinois (in Grenoble), Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune) and Dijon (Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon & Owl's Trail). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, don't miss a visit to Mur des Canuts, and admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip site.

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. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel 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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