30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

Make it your trip
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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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.
Family-friendly places like Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Jardin des Plantes. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles & Palace of Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Le Marais, make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris sightseeing site.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. December in Paris sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Amiens

— 2 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Australian National Memorial, brush up on your military savvy at Sir John Monash Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take a stroll through St-Leu. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Samaris, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Carriere Wellington, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Amiens attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Paris to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Amiens sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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 discover tucked-away gems like Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Get some cultural insight at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and Mont Saint-Michel. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online day trip planner.

Drive from Amiens to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

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 Miniature et Cinema and Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Kids will appreciate attractions like Théâtre gallo-romain and Mini World Lyon. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, &more), La Vieille Ville (in Annecy) and Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges, don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lyon tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Bayeux to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Lyon, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

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 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, gear up at Prosneige, stop by La Belle en Cuisse, then fly down the slopes at Elements Park, then stroll through Mission Black Forest, and finally get engrossed in the history at Moulin de Burdin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Val Thorens visit planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Val Thorens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Val Thorens can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Strasbourg

— 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Œuvre de la cathédrale and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Venture out of the city with trips to Tour des Bouchers (in Ribeauville), Colmar (Old Town & Musée d'Unterlinden) and Metz (Quartier Imperial & Gare de Metz-Ville). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Le Vaisseau, take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip itinerary site.

Getting from Val Thorens to Strasbourg by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Suquet and Place Garibaldi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Musee International de la Parfumerie (in Grasse). There's much more to do: visit Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in January, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 56°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Palais Longchamp and Vieil Aix. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parc National des Calanques and Calanques. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). And it doesn't end there: visit The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Albi.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 22nd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then take in the views from Pont Vieux, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Albi trip planning tool.

You can fly from Marseille to Albi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Albi: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:

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.