30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
4
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva Bus Station, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nantes
— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Get some cultural insight at Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite, La Croisette, &more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nice online itinerary planner.

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 evenings in Nice when traveling from Washington in March, with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 23:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vallon des Auffes and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Bring the kids along to Parc Animalier de la Barben and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Avignon (Rocher des Doms, Palais des Papes, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

— 1 night
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): kick back and relax at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer road trip website.

Getting from Marseille to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 26 — 27:

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.
On the 28th (Sun), hit the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, and finally make a trip to Tour Barberousse.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 27 — 29:

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. On the 30th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Prosneige, then stroll through Mini Clubs ESF, then get all the equipment you need at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, and finally hit the slopes at St Martin de Belleville.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens itinerary site.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Carcassonne to Val Thorens in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Carcassonne in March since evenings lows in Val Thorens dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 29 — 31:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): hit the slopes at Reflex Ski School, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, fly down the slopes at La Plagne, head outdoors with snow panthers motoneige, then fly down the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, and finally fly down the slopes at Courchevel. On the next day, stroll through Belle Plagne, fly down the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne, then glide through natural beauty at SkiBro Technologies, then hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, and finally get outside with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Macot-la-Plagne trip planner.

Getting from Val Thorens to Macot-la-Plagne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In March in Macot-la-Plagne, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 2:

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then explore and take pictures at Brevent Cable Car, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Bring the kids along to Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Chamonix to Paris in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Juno Beach Centre and Mont Saint-Michel. Kids will enjoy Omaha Beach and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Venture out of the city with trips to Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel Bay & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bayeux visit planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 13:

Nantes

— 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Bring the kids along to Jardin des Plantes and Passage Pommeraye. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Chateau d'Angers. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Manoir de l'Automobile, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, steep yourself in history at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, and wander the streets of Village de Trentemoult.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nantes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 17:

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.