30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Drive to Albi
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Albi
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tignes
— 1 night
Train
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally take in the views from Pont Vieux.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Albi visit planner.

Washington DC, USA to Albi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 38°F in Albi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

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 9th (Sat), snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Just. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours, then fly down the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar, then see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne road trip website.

Drive from Albi to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

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.
Family-friendly places like Parc National des Calanques and Cathédrale La Major will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Avignon (Rocher des Doms, Palais des Papes, &more), Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet & Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marseille travel route app.

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Marseille sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

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.
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Place Garibaldi and Institut de Francais. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:

Chamonix

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Vallee Blanche and Aiguille des Grands Montets will thrill your kids. Get some cultural insight at Musee Alpin and Crystal Museum. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and stroll through Aiguille du Midi.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Chamonix road trip planning website.

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 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tignes.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

Tignes

— 1 night
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): head outdoors with The Development Centre - Tignes, fly down the slopes at British Alpine Ski School, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then hit the slopes at Ecole de snowboard "Snowboard Valdisere", then ski along the peaceful trails at L'Espace Killy, and finally fly down the slopes at Snowtubing Tignes.

To find maps and other tourist information, use the Tignes online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Tignes in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Tignes can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Meribel.

Things to do in Tignes

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Meribel

— 3 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Mission Black Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Meribel: Piccard Sports (in Les Saisies) and Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School & ESF PLagne 1800).

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You can take a train from Tignes to Meribel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in January, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Meribel

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
Highlights from your trip

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. On the 26th (Tue), stroll through Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with 6km Toboggan Run Val Thorens, hit the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, then hit the slopes at Ski Cool, and finally hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Meribel to Val Thorens by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee de Grenoble and Pont des Amours. Musee Miniature et Cinema and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, Owl's Trail, &more), Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois & Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere) and La Vieille Ville (in Annecy). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lyon holiday builder app.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Lyon are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 31:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Jacquemart-Andre and Pantheon. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paris trip builder site.

Fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:

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.