30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris-Orly Airport, Drive to Honfleur
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Honfleur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Honfleur — 3 nights

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Attractions like Notre Dame de Grace and Abbaye aux Hommes make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honfleur: Le Havre (Eglise St-Joseph & Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa), Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, stroll through Deauville Beach, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Honfleur sightseeing planner.

Washington, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Honfleur due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington in January since evenings lows in Honfleur dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Paris.
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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 Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Jacquemart-Andre and Interios. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris day trip tool.

Drive from Honfleur to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online attractions planner.

You can fly from Paris to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly to Marseille.
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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.
On the 1st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, then explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and finally stroll around Parc du Mugel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marseille route planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Marseille sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive 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.
Family-friendly places like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Palais Lascaris will thrill your kids. Get some cultural insight at Musée Marc Chagall and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Musee Picasso & Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise De Sainte Jeanne D'arc, and get a taste of the local shopping with Avenue Jean Medecin.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip planning app.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 3 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.
Attractions like Vallee Blanche and Lac Blanc make great kid-friendly stops. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Chemin du Calvaire and Musee Alpin. Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents) (in Megeve) and Loisirs Assis Evasion (in Passy). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and hit the slopes at Aiguille du Midi.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix online holiday 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 your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Annecy.
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Annecy — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 10th (Wed), make a trip to La Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, glide through natural beauty at Les Raquettes de l'Estancot, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz, and finally snap pictures at Pont des Amours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): stroll through La Clusaz.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Annecy online trip builder.

You can drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Meribel.
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Meribel — 3 nights

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Station de Ski les Saisies and Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. Venture out of the city with trips to Reflex Ski School (in Macot-la-Plagne), Belle Plagne (in Belle Plagne) and Snowtubing Tignes (in Tignes).

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Meribel online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Meribel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. February in Meribel sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) 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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the next day, stroll through La Grave, stroll through St Martin de Belleville, hit the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, and finally tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip website.

Traveling by car from Meribel to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee de Grenoble and The Presqu'ile. Family-friendly places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Parcours Aventure (in Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte), Dijon (Place de la Liberation, Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, &more) and Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum (in Grenoble). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Lyon sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) 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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