30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Annecy
— 3 nights
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Val Thorens
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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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.
Attractions like Louvre Museum and Musee Jacquemart-Andre make great kid-friendly stops. Musee d'Orsay and Ile Saint-Louis are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, admire the striking features of La Madeleine, and admire the masterpieces at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary maker website.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Paris. Traveling from Washington in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Cathar Castles and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Queribus and Chateau Comtal. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, &more), Cathedrale St-Just (in Narbonne) and Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Aeroscopia, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and don't miss a visit to Place Gambetta.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne online visit planner.

You can fly from Paris to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille — 3 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.
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Palais des Papes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parc National des Calanques and Cathédrale La Major. Venture out of the city with trips to Avignon (Rocher des Doms & Pont d'Avignon), Cape Canaille (in Cassis) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Kids will enjoy Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Musée Marc Chagall. Get some cultural insight at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Eglise Notre-Dame de Peygros (in Tanneron), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice journey planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, stroll through Vallee Blanche, then get interesting insight from Tours, then stroll through Brevent Cable Car, and finally hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, then explore the activities along Lac Blanc, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive 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.
Attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Pont des Amours and Palais de l'Ile. Change things up with these side-trips from Annecy: Reflex Ski School (in Macot-la-Plagne), Lac Leman (in Evian-les-Bains) and La Clusaz (in La Clusaz). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Annecy tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Annecy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Annecy are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.
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Val Thorens — 3 nights

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Prosneige and La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel. Bring the kids along to Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens and Family Cool. Venture out of the city with trips to Meribel (Mission Black Forest & Snowdlight Ski School) and Courchevel (in Saint-Bon-Tarentaise). There's still lots to do: see the winter wonderland with Ski Cool.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Val Thorens trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Val Thorens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lyon.
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Lyon — 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Musee de Grenoble and Colline de Fourviere. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais. Venture out of the city with trips to Parcours Aventure (in Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte), Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran (in Montelimar) and L'Aventure Michelin (in Clermont-Ferrand). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lyon online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) 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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