30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 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
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jardin des Plantes and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Golf de l'Ile d'Or (in Oree d'Anjou). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, shop like a local with Passage Pommeraye, and see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nantes online trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Nantes is 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in March since evenings lows in Nantes dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pointe du Hoc and Memorial de Caen. Kids will enjoy Omaha Beach Memorial Museum and Omaha Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daytime highs in Bayeux are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) 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.
Family-friendly places like Louvre Museum and Palace of Versailles will thrill your kids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Île de la Cité and Hotel de Ville. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris tour builder app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Paris sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can 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.
On the 13th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, then examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chamonix trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): hit the slopes at Reflex Ski School, tour along fresh powder with Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne, fly down the slopes at La Plagne, get outside with snow panthers motoneige, then stroll through Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, and finally hit the slopes at Courchevel. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne, fly down the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne, then glide through natural beauty at SkiBro Technologies, then do some rugged touring at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Val d'Isere, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Evolution 2 Val d'Isere.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Macot-la-Plagne vacation planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Macot-la-Plagne are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) 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 17th (Sat): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Clubs ESF, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, and finally tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens trip planner.

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. When traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in April, plan for little chillier days in Val Thorens, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.
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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 19th (Mon): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up some local products at Les Halles de Narbonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Just, then steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Carcassonne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive 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 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow 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 Parc national des Calanques. Chateau des Baux de Provence and Site Archeologique de Glanum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Avignon (Rocher des Doms, Palais des Papes, &more) and Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Musee Departemental Arles Antique). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

Drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April in Marseille, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) 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.
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Lérins Islands and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite, La Croisette, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nice road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) 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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