30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Train
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and Île de la Cité. Kids will enjoy Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris vacation planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 14:

Amiens

— 2 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
On the 15th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Guillemont Road Cemetery, learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington, appreciate the history behind Australian National Memorial, then take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally wander the streets of St-Leu. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Lochnagar Crater, see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial, then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amiens road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Memorial de Caen and Pointe du Hoc. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee du debarquement and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and learn about all things military at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip tool.

You can drive from Amiens to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Bayeux are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo journey planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Blois.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 21:

Blois

— 3 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Chateau de Valencay and Chateau de Villandry are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will enjoy Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Langeais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blois: Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Tours (Cathedrale Saint-Gatien & Musee du Compagnonnage). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny and steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal d'Amboise.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Blois route app.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Blois in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Blois sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fourviere Hill. Attractions like Institut & Musee Lumiere and Safari de Peaugres make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Lyon to go to Belleville and see Hotel-Dieu, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: visit The Presqu'ile, get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Blois to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Narbonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne day trip tool.

You can take a train from Lyon to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — 29:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, trot along with a tour on horseback, then admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Espiguette Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Arles travel planning website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Marseille

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then wander the streets of The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Arles to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Place Garibaldi and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Family-friendly places like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:

Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 8th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Old Town, see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally make a trip to Vieille Ville. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden and then see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colmar online trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Colmar by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nice in December: high temperatures in Colmar hover around 46°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.