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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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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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 Musée Marc Chagall. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lérins Islands and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Musee de L'ecole (in Antibes). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, make a trip to Place Massena, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planning site.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 22:

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 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.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 24:

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, get to know the fascinating history 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.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 25:

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 Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée & Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach), Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes) and Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, and step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get outside with Peisey Mountain Fly, then fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then fly down the slopes at La Plagne, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Reflex Ski School. On the next day, hit the slopes at Courchevel, fly down the slopes at Ecole de snowboard "Snowboard Valdisere", then stroll through 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 do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. 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.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

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: fly down the slopes at 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 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.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

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, hit the slopes at 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.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain. Kids will appreciate attractions like Colline de Fourviere and Safari de Peaugres. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 5:

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 Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Step off the beaten path and head to Pointe du Hoc and Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel) and Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Bayeux vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, Bayeux is little chillier than Lyon - with highs of 58°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 5 — 9:

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at La Coupole, then stroll through Parc du Marquenterre, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mareis. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Nausicaa.

Discover how to plan a Boulogne-sur-Mer trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

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 Cathedrale Saint-Louis des Invalides. Kids will enjoy Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Change things up with a short trip to The Hall of Mirrors in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and explore the galleries of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Paris itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 16:

France travel guide

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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.