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 Musée Marc Chagall. Step off the beaten path and head to Lérins Islands and Île Sainte-Marguerite. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes) 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, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

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.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 20:

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.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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 appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne.

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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.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

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 Jardins de la Fontaine. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, &more), Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence) and Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms and step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

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Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. March in Avignon sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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. On 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 get outside with 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 do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. 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.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

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: hit the slopes at 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 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.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

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 head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

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 Institut & Musee Lumiere. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Théâtre gallo-romain and Walking tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Musee Dauphinois (in Grenoble). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 3:

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 Pointe du Grouin. Get some cultural insight at Mont Saint-Michel and Memorial de Caen. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, see the interesting displays at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, and learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner.

You can fly from Lyon to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lyon in April, with highs in Bayeux at 58°F and lows at 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): learn about all things military at Chantier de Construction Navale Traditionnelle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mareis, then stroll through Promenade des Remparts, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Nausicaa, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore, and then brush up on your military savvy at La Coupole.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Boulogne-sur-Mer are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 Ile Saint-Louis. 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, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

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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.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 9 — 14:

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.