30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Île de la Cité and The Hall of Mirrors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Galerie des Carrosses) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris journey planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Amiens.
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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 28th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then wander the streets of St-Leu, and finally learn about all things military at Sir John Monash Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, then make a trip to Lochnagar Crater, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Be Baie, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de Picardie.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Amiens online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Amiens can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bring the kids along to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Get some cultural insight at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel Bay, Mont Saint-Michel, &more) and Pegasus Bridge (in Ranville). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, get engrossed in the history at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Bayeux visit planner.

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 December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.
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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 Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Venture out of the city with trips to Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, &more), Clermont-Ferrand (L'Aventure Michelin & B'up) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Bayeux to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Lyon are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.
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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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): hit the slopes at Prosneige, tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, then hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elements Park, and finally fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Val Thorens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Œuvre de la cathédrale are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Old Town (in Colmar), Tour des Bouchers (in Ribeauville) and Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix (in Rhodes). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, take a stroll through La Petite France, make a trip to Gare de Metz-Ville, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Etienne.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Strasbourg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 32°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.
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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.
Bring the kids along to Monastère de Cimiez and Lérins Islands. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musée Marc Chagall and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Les Petites Porcelaines (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris), Marché provençal (in Antibes) and Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, shop like a local with Avenue Jean Medecin, and examine the collection at Palais Lascaris.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Strasbourg to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Strasbourg in January, with highs in Nice at 56°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parc national des Calanques and The Panier. Family-friendly places like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence will thrill your kids. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix & Cours Mirabeau), Musee Raimu (in Marignane) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Marseille travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Albi.
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Albi — 1 night

Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then snap pictures at Pont Vieux, and finally admire the natural beauty at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Albi tour builder site.

Getting from Marseille to Albi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in January: highs in Albi hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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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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