30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Chateau d'Angers. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Passage Pommeraye. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau de Breze (in Breze) and Chateau de Brissac (in Brissac-Quince). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, see the interesting displays at Musee du Bon Pasteur, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and take an in-depth tour of Musee des Blindes.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nantes online route builder.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 16-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 March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nantes, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 3:

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Juno Beach Centre and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Get a sense of the local culture at Mont Saint-Michel and Memorial de Caen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours (in Le Val-Saint-Pere), Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and learn about all things military at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nantes to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Île de la Cité and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Kids will appreciate attractions like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Royal Chapel, Palace of Versailles, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Montmartre, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 12:

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 13th (Tue), enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally stroll through Loisirs Assis Evasion.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Thu), hit the slopes at Reflex Ski School, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, hit the slopes at La Plagne Ski Resort, then head outdoors with snow panthers motoneige, then hit the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne, and finally fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): get outside with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, stroll through Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then glide through natural beauty at SkiBro Technologies, and finally fly down the slopes at La Tania Ski Area.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Macot-la-Plagne trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Macot-la-Plagne can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 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. On the 17th (Sat), hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, stroll through Prosneige, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then hit the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, and finally fly down the slopes at Elements Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens attractions site.

You can drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Macot-la-Plagne, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Val Thorens, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
On the 19th (Mon), contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne day trip app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Carcassonne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

— 1 night
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
On the 20th (Tue), stroll through Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:

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 Vallon des Auffes and Le Sentier des Ocres. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Calanques and Palais des Papes. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), Avignon (Rocher des Doms & Pont d'Avignon) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Family-friendly places like Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (La Croisette, Île Sainte-Marguerite, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, stroll around Parc Naturel Departemental de la Grande Corniche, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip planning site.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 28:

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.