30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Nantes
— 4 nights
Fly

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Rouen — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eglise St-Joseph and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historial Jeanne d’Arc and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Jardins d'Etretat), Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp) and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church (in Honfleur). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, and wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen day trip planning site.

Washington, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Rouen is 6 hours. March in Rouen sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mont Saint-Michel and Juno Beach Centre. Attractions like Omaha Beach Memorial Museum and Memorial de Caen make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

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

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Bayeux sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Explore hidden gems such as Ile Saint-Louis and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Royal Chapel). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Paris attractions planner.

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, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) 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 16th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary maker site.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to 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 18th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn something new at Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then hit the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, then hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally hit the slopes at Elements Park.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens travel app.

Getting from Chamonix to Val Thorens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Val Thorens can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nice.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Family-friendly places like Lérins Islands and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes will thrill your kids. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Le Suquet in Cannes, approximately Cannes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip planning site.

Drive from Val Thorens to Nice in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Val Thorens in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vallon des Auffes and Colorado Provencal. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Venture out of the city with trips to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Parc national des Calanques, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille day trip planning website.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly 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 27th (Sat): 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 get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne route planner.

Drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nantes.
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Jardin des Plantes and Chateau d'Angers. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Chateau de Brissac (in Brissac-Quince). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, shop like a local with Passage Pommeraye, and have fun and explore at Le Cadre Noir.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Nantes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to 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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