30 days in France Itinerary

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Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Nantes — 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Family-friendly places like Jardin des Plantes and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau d'Angers and Passage Pommeraye. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye) and Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans (in Le Mans City). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Langeais, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, visit Village de Trentemoult, and examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nantes travel planner.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Nantes, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nantes, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Pointe du Hoc. Kids will appreciate attractions like Juno Beach Centre and Pointe du Grouin. Venture out of the city with trips to Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and get engrossed in the history at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum).

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Nantes to Bayeux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daytime highs in Bayeux are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Île de la Cité and Jardin des Tuileries. Attractions like Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

Make your Paris itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Glacier des Bossons, hit the slopes at Vallee Blanche, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally get all the equipment you need at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, see the interesting displays at Musee des Cristaux, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): fly down the slopes at ESF PLagne 1800, fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne, fly down the slopes at La Plagne, then get outside with snow panthers motoneige, and finally fly down the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Courchevel, glide through natural beauty at SkiBro Technologies, then hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Val d'Isere, and finally hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val d'Isere.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Macot-la-Plagne trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Macot-la-Plagne sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive 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 5th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Clubs ESF, and finally fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville.

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You can drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in April: highs in Val Thorens hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Carcassonne.
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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 7th (Wed): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Carcassonne in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or take a train. In April in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally take a pleasant ride with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vallon des Auffes and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Kids will appreciate attractions like Parc national des Calanques and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Venture out of the city with trips to Avignon (Rocher des Doms, Palais des Papes, &more), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Musee Departemental Arles Antique) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Marseille tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Marseille are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes), Plage des Ondes (in Cap d'Antibes) and Cannes (Les Murs Peints, Galerie1414, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nice itinerary builder site.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April in Nice, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for 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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