30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly

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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 Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Lérins Islands will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Place Garibaldi and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage), Cannes (1862 Wines & Spirits, Le Suquet, &more) and Tanneron (Massif du Tanneron & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nice trip maker tool.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Nice is 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington in February; daily highs in Nice reach 55°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 23:

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.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:

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: get all the equipment you need at Prosneige, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, gear up 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 do a combination of train and bus. 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.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:

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 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. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then fly down the slopes at SkiBro Technologies, then fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at ESF Belle Plagne.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Macot-la-Plagne road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Macot-la-Plagne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. February in Macot-la-Plagne sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:

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.
Bring the kids along to Brevent Cable Car and Vallee Blanche. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Clusaz and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Semnoz), Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny) and Les Raquettes de l'Estancot (in Valloire). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Station de Ski les Saisies, hit the slopes at Mountain Twister, get all the equipment you need at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and get in on the family fun at Domaine des Planards.

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Traveling by car from Macot-la-Plagne to Chamonix takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

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.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 6:

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 Parc du Thabor. Get some cultural insight at Pointe du Grouin and Mont Saint-Michel. Venture out of the city with trips to Mont Saint-Michel Bay (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Rennes (Parlement de Bretagne, Centre Historique de Rennes, &more) and Plevenon (Cap Fréhel & Fort La Latte - Chateau de la Roche Goyon). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral, don't miss a visit to La Cite d'Aleth, and browse the fresh offerings at Marche aux Huitres.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Dijon to Saint-Malo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:

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): tour the pleasant surroundings 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.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pegasus Bridge and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, take in the history at Omaha Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and make a trip to Abbaye aux Hommes.

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.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 14:

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 Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

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.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 14 — 19:

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.