30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Dijon
5
Dijon
— 1 night
Drive
6
Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Carcassonne
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
10
Nice
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Île de la Cité and Le Trocadero et son esplanade. Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris tour itinerary builder website.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
Bring the kids along to Memorial de Caen and Thalazur Cabourg. Explore hidden gems such as Pegasus Bridge and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online trip maker.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Bayeux sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, head outdoors with Ile Renote, then visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and finally stroll through Sentier des Douaniers.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, daytime highs in Perros-Guirec are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 3 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.
Pointe du Grouin and Mont Saint-Michel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Plage du Sillon and Parc du Thabor. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Rennes (Centre Historique de Rennes & Awelys Spa Privatif), Mont Saint-Michel Bay (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cap Fréhel, make a trip to La Cite d'Aleth, and step into the grandiose world of Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Malo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Dijon.
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Dijon — 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): trek along Owl's Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, see the interesting displays at Le Cassissium, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dijon online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Dijon by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Saint-Malo in February, expect a bit cooler with lows of 31°F in Dijon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Brevent Cable Car and Station de Ski les Saisies. Step off the beaten path and head to Vallee Blanche and La Clusaz. Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Reserve Naturelle du Roc de Chere (in Talloires), Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Semnoz) and Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix road trip planner.

Getting from Dijon to Chamonix by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

On the 1st (Mon), stroll through Courchevel, then fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, then see the winter wonderland with Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at ESF PLagne 1800. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Ecole de snowboard "Snowboard Valdisere", then hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Val d'Isere, then ski along the peaceful trails at SkiBro Technologies, and finally hit the slopes at Ecole du Ski Francais.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Macot-la-Plagne trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time 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 3rd (Wed): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lac de Tueda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Black Forest, hit the slopes at Elements Park, then see the winter wonderland with Ski Cool, and finally hit the slopes at Prosneige.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time 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.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take an unorthodox tour of La Maison Hantee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis, then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, then Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Carcassonne in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Val Thorens in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 42°F in Carcassonne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Place Garibaldi and Massif du Tanneron. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Le Suquet. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon), Riviera golf de Barbossi (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & Vinyasa Yoga Studio). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In March in Nice, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) 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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