30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tours
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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La Rochelle — 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 26th (Fri), stroll through Plage de Chatelaillon, take a tour of Hermione - La Fayette, see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, then meet the residents at Aquarium La Rochelle, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, then examine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle trip planner.

Washington, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in La Rochelle, with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tours.
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Tours — 4 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Get some cultural insight at Musee des Blindes and Chateau de Cheverny. Bring the kids along to Cathedrale Saint-Gatien and Musee du Compagnonnage. Get out of town with these interesting Tours side-trips: Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and don't miss a visit to Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tours day trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Tours takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Tours, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 2 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then learn something new at Avel Char A Voile, then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally don't miss a visit to Centre Historique. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at Awelys Spa Privatif, walk around Parc du Thabor, then make a trip to Centre Historique de Rennes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral, and finally kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo itinerary planner.

Drive from Tours to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Airborne Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Memorial de Caen and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip builder site.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Bayeux are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 2 nights

On the 9th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Cap Blanc-Nez, trek along Promenade des Remparts, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Nausicaa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Le Touquet Beach.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Boulogne-sur-Mer are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Attractions like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Orsay and Île de la Cité. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Paris sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel 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.
On the 15th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take some stellar pictures from Brevent Cable Car, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Cristaux, and finally stroll through Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Blue Mile Snowsports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix travel route tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.
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Find places to stay Mar 14 — 16:

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 17th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On your second day here, learn something new at Ski Cool, stroll through Prosneige, take a memorable tour with Evolution 2 Val Thorens, stroll through Elements Park, then hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally fly down the slopes at Family Cool.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Val Thorens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Val Thorens can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Palais Longchamp. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes), St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), &more), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through The Panier, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Marseille itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Marseille takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Val Thorens in March since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musée Marc Chagall. Kids will enjoy Massif du Tanneron and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Spa@Mimozas (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Cannes (Le Suquet, La Croisette, &more) and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:

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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