30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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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
Drive
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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
Fly

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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 Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Attractions like Notre Dame de Grace and Vieux Bassin make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honfleur: Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, &more), Le Havre (Eglise St-Joseph & Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa) and Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, stroll through Deauville Beach, browse the exhibits of Pegasus Memorial, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Honfleur road trip site.

Washington, USA to Honfleur is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Honfleur due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 36°F in Honfleur. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

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 Musee d'Orsay. 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 and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris day trip planning site.

You can drive from Honfleur to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Paris sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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 5 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 drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:

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 car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. 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.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:

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 Vieille Ville will thrill your kids. Get some cultural insight at Place Garibaldi 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)), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take a stroll through Avenue Jean Medecin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise De Sainte Jeanne D'arc, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

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 Brevent Cable Car 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: Loisirs Assis Evasion (in Passy) and Megeve (Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents) & Skiprosmegeve). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix online sightseeing 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 9:

Annecy

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, then get outside with Les Raquettes de l'Estancot, then take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz, and finally take in the views from Pont des Amours. On the next day, glide through natural beauty at La Clusaz.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip app.

Drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in Annecy, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Meribel.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Meribel

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

Things to do in Meribel

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 14:

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 hit the slopes at 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.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:
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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 Fourviere Hill. Family-friendly places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and The Presqu'ile will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Archaeological Museum (in Grenoble), Parcours Aventure (in Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte) and Dijon (Place de la Liberation, Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, &more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the striking features of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste, 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 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a 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.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 20:

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.