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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Meribel
— 2 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.
Bring the kids along to Notre Dame de Grace and Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Abbaye aux Hommes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honfleur: Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, &more), Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre) and Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Airborne Museum & Church of Sainte-Mère-Église). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Vieux Bassin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Honfleur trip website.

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. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in January since evenings lows in Honfleur dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Ile Saint-Louis. Get some cultural insight at Musee d'Orsay and Palace of Versailles. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paris sightseeing tool.

Getting from Honfleur to Paris by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:

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 30th (Sat): browse the different shops at Les Halles de Narbonne, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then stroll around Place Gambetta, then explore the historical opulence of Rennes le chateau, and finally Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Getting from Paris to Carcassonne by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. January in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, then explore the galleries of Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in January, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musée Marc Chagall. Get a sense of the local culture at Place Garibaldi and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Cannes (La Croisette, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Eglise Notre-Dame de Peygros (in Tanneron). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, make a trip to Avenue Jean Medecin, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice day trip app.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February in Nice, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the activities along Lac Blanc, and finally examine the collection at Musee d'Art Sacre de Saint Nicolas de Veroce. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, admire the masterpieces at Musee Alpin, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

Annecy

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Clusaz and Semnoz. Attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and ESF PLagne 1800 make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: Macot-la-Plagne (snow panthers motoneige, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to La Vieille Ville and explore the activities along Lake Annecy.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy holiday builder tool.

Getting from Chamonix to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:

Meribel

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): fly down the slopes at La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Atelier Du Vent, stroll through La Tania Ski Area, hit the slopes at Sweet Snowsports, then hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally fly down the slopes at Snowdlight Ski School.

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Drive from Annecy to Meribel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Meribel

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, then fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, and finally stroll through La Grave.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Val Thorens day trip site.

Traveling by car from Meribel to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee de Grenoble and Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon. Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Grenoble (Archaeological Museum & Musee de l'Ancien Eveche) and Dijon (Musee Magnin, Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, &more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:

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.