30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tignes
— 1 night
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Paris — 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Get some cultural insight at Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee Jacquemart-Andre, shop like a local with Le Marais, admire the striking features of La Madeleine, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathar Castles and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Espace Georges Brassens and Musee des Augustins. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Plage de la Grande Conque (in Cap-d'Agde), Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Pont Vieux, &more) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take some stellar pictures from Mont St-Clair, contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, and take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Cathédrale La Major. Bring the kids along to Parc National des Calanques and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Avignon (Rocher des Doms, Palais des Papes, &more), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille sightseeing planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Spas. Step off the beaten path and head to Place Garibaldi and Palais Lascaris. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Vieux Port, La Croisette, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 3 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 Vallee Blanche and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step off the beaten path and head to Brevent Cable Car and Aiguille des Grands Montets. Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Speed Dragoz (in Les Carroz-d'Araches) and Via Ferrata Yves Pollet-Villard (in La Clusaz). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lac Blanc, tour the pleasant surroundings at Refuge Albert 1er, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix vacation planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Tignes.
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Tignes — 1 night

Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. On the 22nd (Fri), fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, stroll through Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Val d'Isere, hit the slopes at The Development Centre - Tignes, hike along Sentier Botanique, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tignes Massage, and finally fly down the slopes at Snowtubing Tignes.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tignes vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Tignes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in January, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Meribel.
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Meribel — 3 nights

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Station de Ski les Saisies and Snowdlight Ski School. Kids will appreciate attractions like La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Family Cool. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Meribel: Macot-la-Plagne (Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne, &more).

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Meribel route planning tool.

You can take a train from Tignes to Meribel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in January, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive 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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, hike along Promenade le Lac du Lou, tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, then learn and have fun at Prosneige, and finally fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens trip maker.

You can drive from Meribel to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in January, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de Grenoble and Palais de l'Ile. Family-friendly places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Pont des Amours will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Parcours Aventure (in Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte), Dijon (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, &more) and La Vieille Ville (in Annecy). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get a taste of the local shopping with Les Pin-Up de Marc Curial, and wander the streets of The Presqu'ile.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly 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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