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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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tours
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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La Rochelle

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, stroll through Plage de Chatelaillon, then explore the galleries of Association Hermione-La Fayette, then examine the collection at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, and finally get engrossed in the history at New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde). Keep things going the next day: get great views at Clocher Observatoire, enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, then see the interesting displays at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read La Rochelle vacation website.

Washington, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in February, La Rochelle is a bit warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tours.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:

Tours

— 4 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee des Blindes and Chateau d'Angers. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien and Musee du Compagnonnage. Change things up with these side-trips from Tours: Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou), Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny) and Blois (Chateau Royal de Blois & Paisible en Soi). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo de La Fleche, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, go for a walk through Place Plumereau, and admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tours trip planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Tours in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:

Saint-Malo

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, enjoy the sea views from Cap Fréhel, then explore the historical opulence of Fort La Latte, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, and finally walk around Parc du Thabor.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saint-Malo vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Tours to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Attractions like Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and Cathedrale Notre-Dame make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Ranville (Pegasus Bridge & Pegasus Memorial) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux day trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Wed), trek along Promenade des Remparts, observe the fascinating underwater world at Nausicaa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer, and finally stop by Calais Wine Superstore. On the next day, stroll through Le Touquet Beach.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Boulogne-sur-Mer itinerary planning app.

Drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 11:

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Île de la Cité and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Family-friendly places like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe will thrill your kids. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Paris visit planner.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

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): see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, stroll through Aiguille du Midi, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then hit the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, take an in-depth tour of Musee Alpin, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally hit the slopes at Blue Mile Snowsports.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix day trip planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

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. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Prosneige, hit the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then hit the slopes at La Piste des Animaux, then fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally fly down the slopes at Elements Park.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Val Thorens travel route planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Kids will enjoy Parc National des Calanques and The Panier. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Cassis (Trolib & Saint Michel Church) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Marseille takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Val Thorens in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 43°F in Marseille. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

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 enjoy Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Lérins Islands. Explore hidden gems such as Place Garibaldi and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Tanneron (Massif du Tanneron & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois), Le Suquet (in Cannes) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nice online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Nice, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 27:

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.