30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly to Lyon, Shuttle to Val Thorens
3
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Dijon
— 1 night
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Saint-Malo
7
Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
9
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like Place Garibaldi and Massif du Tanneron will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Le Suquet. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Cannes (1862 Wines & Spirits, La Croisette, &more). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and examine the collection at Palais Lascaris.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice road trip tool.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in February, with highs in Nice at 55°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, then don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, then take an unorthodox tour of La Maison Hantee, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in February, plan for a bit cooler nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel 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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Prosneige, fly down the slopes at Ski Cool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then hit the slopes at Elements Park, and finally explore the activities along Lac de Tueda.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Val Thorens trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Carcassonne to Val Thorens takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carcassonne in February; daily highs in Val Thorens reach 46°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): hit the slopes at Reflex Ski School, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne, then stroll through ESF PLagne 1800, then hit the slopes at Courchevel, and finally hit the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, see the winter wonderland with Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Val d'Isere, ski along the peaceful trails at SkiBro Technologies, then stroll through Belle Plagne, and finally stroll through ESF Belle Plagne.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Macot-la-Plagne day trip planner.

Getting from Val Thorens to Macot-la-Plagne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Brevent Cable Car and Parasailing & Paragliding. Explore hidden gems such as Station de Ski les Saisies and Piccard Sports. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire), Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Semnoz) and Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny). On the 5th (Fri), ski the day away in the pristine settings at La Clusaz. The adventure continues: stroll through Vallee Blanche, fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, find something for the whole family at Domaine des Planards, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix day trip app.

Getting from Macot-la-Plagne to Chamonix by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dijon.
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Dijon — 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, examine the collection at Musee Magnin, see the interesting displays at Le Cassissium, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, and finally trek along Owl's Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dijon trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Dijon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 3 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Plage du Sillon and La Cite d'Aleth. Get some cultural insight at Pointe du Grouin and Saint-Malo Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Plevenon (Cap Fréhel & Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel Bay) and Rennes (Parlement de Bretagne, Parc du Thabor, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, make a trip to Centre Historique, and browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saint-Malo attractions app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Dijon to Saint-Malo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec — 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose, head outdoors with Ile Renote, then enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and finally stroll through Sentier des Douaniers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Perros-Guirec trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Perros-Guirec takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Perros-Guirec, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pegasus Bridge and Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach. Get some cultural insight at Memorial de Caen and Airborne Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre), Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, take in the history at Omaha Beach, get engrossed in the history at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip maker.

Drive from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
Kids will enjoy Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'Orsay and Île de la Cité. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, take a stroll through Montmartre, and make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris road trip planning site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March in Paris, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 38°F at night. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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