30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
— 1 night
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Lérins Islands. Step off the beaten path and head to Musée Marc Chagall and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite & La Croisette) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, stop by VinAzur - Vins de provence, get a taste of the local shopping with Avenue Jean Medecin, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning site.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Nice is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo, get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier de la Barben.

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You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

Carcassonne — 1 night

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 23rd (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes and Rocher des Doms. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more) and Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence). It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum and step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Avignon tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Avignon are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:

Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

On the 27th (Sat), hit the slopes at Reflex Ski School, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plagne, then stroll through Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then tour the pleasant surroundings at ESF PLagne 1800, and finally hit the slopes at Courchevel. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne, hit the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne, fly down the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, and finally fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val d'Isere.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Macot-la-Plagne vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Avignon to Macot-la-Plagne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March in Macot-la-Plagne, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car 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 29th (Mon): stroll through Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Keep things going the next day: tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, then fly down the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, then fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally hit the slopes at Piste des Inuits.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens holiday builder tool.

Drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chamonix.
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Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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Chamonix — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): 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 take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Val Thorens to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon — 3 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 Miniature et Cinema and Fresque des Lyonnais. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Institut & Musee Lumiere and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval. Step out of Lyon with an excursion to Musee Dauphinois in Grenoble--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March in Lyon, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 4 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Juno Beach Centre and Memorial de Caen. Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Omaha Beach. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, examine the collection at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux trip maker tool.

Getting from Lyon to Bayeux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, Bayeux is little chillier than Lyon - with highs of 58°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Chantier de Construction Navale Traditionnelle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Mareis, then stroll through Promenade des Remparts, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nausicaa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, stop by Calais Wine Superstore, and then brush up on your military savvy at La Coupole.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Boulogne-sur-Mer day trip app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Boulogne-sur-Mer can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Paris.
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Find places to stay Apr 7 — 9:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

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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