30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden, make a trip to Old Town, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, examine the collection at Cite de l'Automobile, then look for all kinds of wild species at La Volerie des Aigles, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colmar sightseeing planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Colmar is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in November, expect nights in Colmar to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are slightly colder, around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:

Nice

— 3 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 Vieille Ville and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Saint-Paul de Vence and Musée Marc Chagall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Nice to go to Cannes and see Rue d'Antibes, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, and make a trip to Place Massena.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nice trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Colmar to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Colmar in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 63°F and lows about 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): wander the streets of The Panier, don't miss a visit to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Marseille, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Espiguette Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Arles trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Arles, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

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.
On the 6th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Narbonne, admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just, then step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, then don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne visit planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Mini World Lyon. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Institut & Musee Lumiere and Théâtre gallo-romain. When in Lyon, make a side trip to see Safari de Peaugres in Peaugres, approximately Peaugres away. And it doesn't end there: visit The Presqu'ile, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and contemplate the long history of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planning website.

You can take a train from Carcassonne to Lyon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Carcassonne in December, plan for little chillier days in Lyon, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Valencay and Chateau de Villandry. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Cheverny. Change things up with these side-trips from Blois: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), SENSOA - Massages & Bien-etre (in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire) and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien (in Tours). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Blois travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Blois takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Blois, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

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 14th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then stroll through Plage du Nick, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Les Remparts de Dinan, walk around Parc du Thabor, make a trip to Centre Historique de Rennes, then make a trip to La Cite d'Aleth, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint-Malo Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Saint-Malo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Blois to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Blois in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Saint-Malo, with lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Memorial de Caen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Family-friendly places like Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and Bayeux War Cemetery will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

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 19th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Etienne, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, visit St-Leu, make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de Picardie. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, then appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial, and finally get engrossed in the history at Carriere Wellington.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Amiens trip planning app.

Getting from Bayeux to Amiens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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.
You've now added Musee Rodin to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery and Jardin des Tuileries. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip maker.

Getting from Amiens to Paris by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

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.