30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
8
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): examine the collection at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois, then take a tour of Hermione - La Fayette, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures 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, enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle driving holiday planner.

Washington, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour 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.
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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 Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rochefort-en-terre and Zoo de La Fleche. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Chateau d'Angers (in Angers) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, get a taste of the local shopping with Passage Pommeraye, 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.
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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 - Chateau de la Roche Goyon, 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.
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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 Airborne Museum will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Ranville (Pegasus Memorial & Pegasus Bridge), Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Notre Dame de Grace). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery.

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.
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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 Louvre Museum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Place du Marche Notre-Dame & Palace of Versailles). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

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.
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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.
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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 tour along fresh powder with 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 3 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.
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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 Semnoz. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne and ESF PLagne 1800. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: La Clusaz (in La Clusaz), ValetMont (in Manigod) and Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School & snow panthers motoneige). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Annecy in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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.
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: gear up at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aiguille des Grands Montets, then examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, 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.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musée Marc Chagall. 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). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

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.
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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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