30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Annecy
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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Annecy — 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and Palais de l'Ile. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oxygene Ski School La Plagne and Reflex Ski School. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: snow panthers motoneige (in Macot-la-Plagne) and La Clusaz (in La Clusaz). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Pont des Amours.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Annecy is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Grotte de Glace, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc de Merlet, then fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, then examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Chamonix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.
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Val Thorens — 3 nights

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Kids will appreciate attractions like Prosneige and Mission Black Forest. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens and La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Val Thorens: Courchevel (in Saint-Bon-Tarentaise) and Atelier Du Vent (in Courchevel). There's more to do: see the winter wonderland with Ski Cool.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens trip planning app.

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. In January in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lyon.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de Grenoble and Colline de Fourviere. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Institut & Musee Lumiere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Dijon (Place de la Liberation, Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, &more) and Grenoble (Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum & Musee Dauphinois). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon journey planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathar Castles and Chateau Comtal. Bring the kids along to Chateau de Peyrepertuse and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Rennes le chateau (in Rennes-le-Chateau), Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan) and Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, and examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne road trip website.

You can fly from Lyon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Family-friendly places like Parc National des Calanques and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Parc du Mugel (in La Ciotat), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major and get a taste of the local shopping with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marseille tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Spas. Bring the kids along to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Wine Shop Flacons Divins, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more) and Cannes (Monuments aux Morts, La Croisette, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nice tour planning app.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in January, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Explore hidden gems such as Musee Jacquemart-Andre and Ile Saint-Louis. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Paris trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Nice to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in February, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 46°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly 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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