30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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5
Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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7
Chamonix
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee de L'ecole) and Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nice online vacation planner.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in March, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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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.
On the 23rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Parc National des Calanques, explore the striking landscape at Parc national des Calanques, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier de la Barben, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 1 night

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 25th (Thu), don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne holiday maker site.

You can fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Attractions like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Chateau des Baux de Provence. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Arles (Eglise St-Trophime, Musee Departemental Arles Antique, &more), Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, and explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Avignon day trip tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. March in Avignon sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get a bird's-eye view with Peisey Mountain Fly, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plagne, and finally fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Courchevel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecole de snowboard "Snowboard Valdisere", then do some rugged touring at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, and finally ski along the peaceful trails at SkiBro Technologies.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Macot-la-Plagne vacation planner.

Drive from Avignon to Macot-la-Plagne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car 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 31st (Wed): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the winter wonderland with Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Prosneige, hit the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, tour the pleasant surroundings at St Martin de Belleville, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elements Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Tueda.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Val Thorens vacation planner.

You can drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, take some stellar pictures from Aiguille du Midi, then take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chamonix trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Chamonix takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.
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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.
Attractions like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Théâtre gallo-romain and Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage), Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, buy something for everyone on your list at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip builder website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lyon are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kids will enjoy Omaha Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Pointe du Hoc and Memorial de Caen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux holiday tool.

Getting from Lyon to Bayeux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lyon in April, with highs in Bayeux at 58°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at La Coupole, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parc du Marquenterre, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mareis. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, then stop by Calais Wine Superstore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nausicaa.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Boulogne-sur-Mer trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to 1st Arrondissement and Île de la Cité. Kids will enjoy Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Hall of Mirrors). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for 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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