30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday builder

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Geneva, Fly to Paris
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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tours
— 4 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. Get a sense of the local culture at Le Suquet and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Tanneron (Massif du Tanneron & Lac de Saint-Cassien), Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette) and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, kick back and relax at Castel Plage, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For ratings and other tourist information, go to the Nice road trip planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington in February: high temperatures in Nice hover around 55°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 14:

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.
Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like Parc National des Calanques and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Avignon (Pont d'Avignon, Palais des Papes, &more), St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) (in Arles) and Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix & Cours Mirabeau). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Panier and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marseille day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February in Marseille, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 17:

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 18th (Thu), fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, fly down the slopes at Ski Cool, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, then fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecole de Ski Prosneige.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Val Thorens day trip website.

You can drive from Marseille to Val Thorens in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Marseille in February, with highs in Val Thorens at 46°F and lows at 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 19:

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 20th (Sat), gear up at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then fly down the slopes at Blue Mile Snowsports, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Alpin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:

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.
Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Île de la Cité and Bibliotheque Nationale de France - Departement des Monnaies, medailles et antiques. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles & Palace of Versailles). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning tool.

Getting from Chamonix to Paris by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Memorial de Caen and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux road trip website.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — Mar 1:

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 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to La Cite d'Aleth, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Saint-Michel Bay. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, and finally walk around Parc du Thabor.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Bayeux to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

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. Kids will enjoy Cathedrale Saint-Gatien and Chateau Royal de Blois. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord), Chateau d'Angers (in Angers) and Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale De Bourges, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

Plan my trip to Tours with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Tours takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:

La Rochelle

— 3 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.
On the 8th (Mon), kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, step aboard Hermione-La Fayette, examine the collection at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle, and finally examine the collection at Le Bunker de La Rochelle. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, take some stellar pictures from Clocher Observatoire, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, then examine the collection at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle day trip planner.

Drive from Tours to La Rochelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in La Rochelle are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 10:

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.