30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Tours
— 4 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 2 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): observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, take a tour of Association Hermione-La Fayette, then stroll through Plage de Chatelaillon, and finally examine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits. On your second day here, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, then brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, then enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, and finally make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle route maker.

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, La Rochelle is a bit warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

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 28th (Sun): walk around Parc du Thabor, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, then make a trip to Centre Historique, then enjoy the sea views from Cap Fréhel, and finally step into the grandiose world of Fort La Latte.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Saint-Malo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pegasus Bridge and Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach. Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Honfleur (Notre Dame de Grace & Vieux Bassin), Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa (in Le Havre) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Family-friendly places like Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will thrill your kids. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tours.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 9:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Blindes and Zoo de La Fleche. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale Saint-Gatien and Chateau de Cheverny. Change things up with these side-trips from Tours: Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier (in Louresse-Rochemenier), Chateau d'Angers (in Angers) and Bourges (Palais Jacques-Coeur & Cathedrale De Bourges). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal de Blois, admire the striking features of Place Plumereau, take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tours tour itinerary app.

You can take a train from Paris to Tours in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Parc National des Calanques. Attractions like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and The Panier make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Cassis (Trolib & Saint Michel Church). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor and don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tours to Marseille takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tours in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

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.
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lérins Islands and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) (in Antibes). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary builder site.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): try out the rides at Domaine des Planards, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Megeve Raquettes, fly down the slopes at Skiprosmegeve, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then fly down the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chamonix trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

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 23rd (Tue): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lac de Tueda, stroll through Elements Park, then get all the equipment you need at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then hit the slopes at Ski Cool, and finally fly down the slopes at Prosneige.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Val Thorens tour planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

Lyon

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Thu), make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or and then get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip site.

Drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

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.