30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Dijon
5
Dijon
— 1 night
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Carcassonne
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Île de la Cité and Architecture museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of La Madeleine.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris trip planner.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in February, Paris is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 15:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Chemin des Douaniers and Airborne Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Pegasus Bridge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp), Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde) and Honfleur (Notre Dame de Grace, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

Perros-Guirec

— 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, get outside with Ile Renote, then visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and finally stroll through Sentier des douaniers.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Perros-Guirec trip builder tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February in Perros-Guirec, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 20:

Saint-Malo

— 3 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.
Pointe du Grouin and Cap Fréhel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like Plage du Sillon and Saint-Malo Cathedral make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres), Rennes (Espace des Sciences, Parc du Thabor, &more) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres, make a trip to La Cite d'Aleth, and get outside with Avel Char.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip planner.

Drive from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Dijon.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:

Dijon

— 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): trek along Owl's Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, browse the exhibits of Le Cassissium, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dijon road trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight and train from Saint-Malo to Dijon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Saint-Malo in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Dijon, with lows of 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 24:

Chamonix

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brevent Cable Car and Station de Ski les Saisies. Bring the kids along to La Clusaz and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Annecy (Semnoz, La Vieille Ville, &more), Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire) and Piccard Sports (in Les Saisies). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, fly down the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, and stroll through Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Chamonix trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Chamonix takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll through ESF PLagne 1800, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, hit the slopes at Reflex Ski School, then stroll through Courchevel, and finally hit the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at ESF Belle Plagne, fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne, then hit the slopes at SkiBro Technologies, then hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, and finally get outside with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Macot-la-Plagne trip builder website.

Getting from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Macot-la-Plagne can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

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 3rd (Wed), fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ski Cool, stroll through Prosneige, fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, then fly down the slopes at Elements Park, and finally fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest.

To see reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens online visit planner.

Getting from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally delve into the mystery of La Maison Hantee. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Val Thorens in March, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Massif du Tanneron and Vieille Ville. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Lérins Islands (in Cannes), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse), and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nice, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 11:

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.