30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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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
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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 16.5-hour flight. 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 · Outdoors

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 Zoo de La Fleche make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rochefort-en-terre and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Chateau d'Angers (in Angers), Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, and stop by Village de Trentemoult.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nantes road trip planner.

Getting from La Rochelle to Nantes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow 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 pause for some photo ops at 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 · Outdoors · Beaches

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 Cathedrale Notre-Dame will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Memorial de Caen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Pegasus Bridge) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Bayeux are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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 Palace of Versailles. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Place du Marche Notre-Dame in Versailles, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough 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: tour the pleasant surroundings 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 do a combination of train and 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 Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Station de Ski les Saisies and Val Sports. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: Macot-la-Plagne (ESF PLagne 1800, Reflex Ski School, &more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, and don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Annecy trip builder app.

Getting from Val Thorens to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Annecy are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

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. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then examine the collection at Crystal Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte Anne (Dite des Penitents).

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix holiday builder app.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive 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 Place Garibaldi. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Massif du Tanneron and Le Suquet. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Monuments aux Morts & Lérins Islands), A.I.R. Vallauris (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, hit the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris.

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

4.3
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.