30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Meribel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
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Lyon

— 3 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.
Musee de Grenoble and Musee Miniature et Cinema are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Attractions like Fourviere Hill and Institut & Musee Lumiere make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to Musee Dauphinois in Grenoble, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lyon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Lyon is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lyon, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

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 23rd (Sat): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): fly down the slopes at La Grave, then hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, and finally fly down the slopes at Ski Cool.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Val Thorens sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Val Thorens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Meribel.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Meribel

— 2 nights
On the 25th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Elements Park, hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, fly down the slopes at Snowdlight Ski School, then hit the slopes at La Tania Ski Area, then hit the slopes at Sweet Snowsports, and finally stroll through La Piste des Animaux.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Meribel day trip site.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Meribel takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Meribel can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Meribel

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Annecy

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Clusaz and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. Kids will enjoy Station de Ski les Saisies and Pont des Amours. Step out of Annecy to go to Macot-la-Plagne and see Reflex Ski School, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile, head outdoors with Les Raquettes de l'Estancot, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Annecy online road trip planner.

You can drive from Meribel to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:

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 30th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, stroll through Vallee Blanche, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then explore the activities along Lac Blanc, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally stroll through Refuge Albert 1er.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix itinerary tool.

You can drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

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.
Bring the kids along to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. Get a sense of the local culture at Musée Marc Chagall and Musee Picasso. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Le Nomade (in Antibes), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder website.

Drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. January in Nice sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

Marseille

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, then take a stroll through The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Marseille day trip app.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in February, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

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 7th (Sun), browse the different shops at Les Halles de Narbonne, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition, then don't miss a visit to Place Carnot, and finally make a trip to Rennes le chateau.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carcassonne holiday builder.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. February in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

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.
Bring the kids along to Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Jacquemart-Andre and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La laiterie de propreté). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, take a stroll through Montmartre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip site.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in February, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are slightly colder, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:

Honfleur

— 4 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Kids will enjoy Notre Dame de Grace and Eglise St-Joseph. Explore Honfleur's surroundings by going to Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more), Thalazur de Cabourg (in Cabourg) and Abbaye aux Hommes (in Caen). The adventure continues: make a trip to Vieux Bassin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Honfleur travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in Honfleur, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.