30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Perros-Guirec
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Dijon
5
Dijon
— 1 night
Drive
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Carcassonne
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Île de la Cité and La Madeleine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip website.

Washington, USA to Paris is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in February since evenings lows in Paris dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Memorial de Caen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Venture out of the city with trips to Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum), Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Notre Dame de Grace) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Bayeux online trip builder.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Bayeux sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

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 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, explore the striking landscape at Cote de Granit Rose, head outdoors with Ile Renote, visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and finally trek along Sentier des douaniers.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Perros-Guirec itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Perros-Guirec are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 22:

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.
Kids will enjoy Plage du Sillon and La Cite d'Aleth. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pointe du Grouin and Promenade du Clair de Lune. Explore Saint-Malo's surroundings by going to Rennes (Centre Historique de Rennes, Parc du Thabor, &more), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel Bay, Mont Saint-Michel, &more) and Plevenon (Fort La Latte & Cap Fréhel). There's more to do: make a trip to Centre Historique and get a taste of the local shopping with Marche aux Huitres.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dijon.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 25:

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 26th (Fri): walk along Owl's Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, examine the collection at Le Cassissium, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Magnin, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dijon trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Saint-Malo to Dijon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Dijon when traveling from Saint-Malo in February, with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 26:

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.
Family-friendly places like Brevent Cable Car and Station de Ski les Saisies will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Clusaz and Vallee Blanche. Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Mountain Twister (in Hauteluce), Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny) and Piccard Sports (in Les Saisies). There's much more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, make a trip to La Vieille Ville, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Chamonix takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): fly down the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne, fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then fly down the slopes at ESF PLagne 1800, and finally fly down the slopes at Courchevel. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then tour the pleasant surroundings at SkiBro Technologies, and finally stroll through Ecole de snowboard "Snowboard Valdisere".

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Macot-la-Plagne day trip planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Macot-la-Plagne sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:

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 5th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Prosneige, then hit the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, and finally hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Val Thorens trip builder website.

Drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. March in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

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 7th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at La Bastide Saint Louis, see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, then don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, then take an unorthodox tour of La Maison Hantee, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Carcassonne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Val Thorens in March, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 8:

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.
Bring the kids along to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Massif du Tanneron. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins and Lérins Islands. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Le Suquet (in Cannes), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For reviews and tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 13:

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.