30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Nantes Atlantique Airport, Drive to La Rochelle
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 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 25th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, then examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette, then stroll through Plage de Chatelaillon, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, then don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle road trip website.

Washington, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to La Rochelle, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in La Rochelle, with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 26:

Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Attractions like Musee des Blindes and Jardin Ile de Versailles make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rochefort-en-terre and Jardin des Plantes. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye), Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche) and Chateau d'Angers (in Angers). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier et Botanique de Branfere.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nantes trip planning tool.

Drive from La Rochelle to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Nantes sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, see the interesting displays at Musee des Amis des Bisquines et du Vieux Cancale, then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, enjoy the sea views from Cap Fréhel, make a trip to Fort La Latte, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, and finally walk around Parc du Thabor.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Malo attractions planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Saint-Malo in 2 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Family-friendly places like Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Vieux Bassin will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Pegasus Bridge and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville City). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 7:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Kids will appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Île de la Cité. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Place du Marche Notre-Dame & Palace of Versailles). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Le Marais, get curious at Musee des Arts et Metiers, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 11:

Lyon

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, then explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and finally examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, and finally wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon vacation tool.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 13:

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 14th (Sun): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lac de Tueda, hit the slopes at Elements Park, then hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then hit the slopes at Ski Cool, and finally hit the slopes at Prosneige.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Val Thorens trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Val Thorens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:

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 La Clusaz and Semnoz. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Station de Ski les Saisies and La Vieille Ville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: Val Sports (in Manigod) and Macot-la-Plagne (ESF PLagne 1800, Reflex Ski School, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Annecy in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:

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 19th (Fri): hit the slopes at Domaine des Planards, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): get all the equipment you need at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille des Grands Montets, examine the collection at Crystal Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skiprosmegeve, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents).

Plan trip to Chamonix with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Le Suquet. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Place Garibaldi and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to A.I.R. Vallauris (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris), Cannes (Monuments aux Morts & Lérins Islands) and Tanneron (Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois & Massif du Tanneron). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip tool.

You can drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Nice are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

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.