30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

Make it your trip
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 Notre Dame de Grace and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Abbaye aux Hommes. Get out of town with these interesting Honfleur side-trips: Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more), Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Bayeux) and Memorial de Caen (in Caen). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, kick back and relax at Deauville Beach, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Honfleur road trip planning site.

Washington, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Honfleur, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

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 Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Kids will enjoy Musee des Arts Forains and Palace of Versailles. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, and admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Honfleur to Paris in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Paris are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:

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 Chateau Comtal. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, &more), Spas (in Perpignan) and Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, 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.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 7:

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 Le Suquet. Explore hidden gems such as Haut de Cagnes and Place Garibaldi. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Antibes (Musee Picasso, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice travel route planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 11:

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 explore and take pictures at Brevent Cable Car, and finally stroll through Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Lac Bleu, examine the collection at Crystal Museum, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, then fly down the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally get engrossed in the history 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.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

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 School La Plagne and La Clusaz will thrill your kids. Explore Annecy's surroundings by going to Piccard Sports (in Les Saisies) and Reflex Ski School (in Macot-la-Plagne). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to La Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Annecy vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

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 La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel. Kids will appreciate attractions like Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens and Snowdlight Ski School. Venture out of the city with trips to Meribel (Elements Park & Mission Black Forest) and Courchevel (in Saint-Bon-Tarentaise). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings 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.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

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 Colline de Fourviere. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune), Dijon (Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon & Owl's Trail) and Musee Dauphinois (in Grenoble). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, and admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon route planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Lyon are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.