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
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll through Plage de Chatelaillon, make a trip to Association Hermione-La Fayette, then examine the collection at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, 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 see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle trip itinerary planning site.

Washington, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to La Rochelle. 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.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

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: Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou), Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois) and Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, and steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tours trip planner.

Drive from La Rochelle to Tours in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. February in Tours sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:

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 get outside with Avel Char, then appreciate the history behind 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.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

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 Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Airborne Museum. 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 Memorial de Caen, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux visit planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 8:

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
On the 9th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Cap Blanc-Nez, then hike along Promenade des Remparts, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nausicaa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Le Touquet Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Boulogne-sur-Mer online tour planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March in Boulogne-sur-Mer, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 10:

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 Musee d'Orsay make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Getting from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

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, hit the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, then see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, and finally get all the equipment you need at 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.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, get all the equipment you need at Prosneige, get outside 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.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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 Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Palais Longchamp. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Arles (Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), &more). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, wander the streets of The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, 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.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:

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 Place Garibaldi. Kids will enjoy Massif du Tanneron and Le Suquet. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Lérins Islands), Spa@Mimozas (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, and enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Nice are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 26:

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.