30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Honfleur
— 5 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee de Grenoble and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fourviere Hill and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to Parcours Aventure in Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon travel planner.

Washington, USA to Lyon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in January, Lyon is a bit warmer at night with lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

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. On the 24th (Sun), hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Elements Park, hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, and finally stroll through Ski Cool.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Val Thorens sightseeing planner.

Drive from Lyon to Val Thorens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in January, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:

Annecy

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kids will appreciate attractions like La Clusaz and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Station de Ski les Saisies and La Vieille Ville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School & La Plagne Ski Resort). The adventure continues: take in the views from Pont des Amours, take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz, and examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Annecy journey planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Annecy, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vallee Blanche and Parasailing & Paragliding. Attractions like Brevent Cable Car and Aiguille des Grands Montets make great kid-friendly stops. When in Chamonix, make a side trip to see Skiprosmegeve in Megeve, approximately Megeve away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lac Blanc, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Chamonix in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

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 Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musée Marc Chagall. Step off the beaten path and head to Place Garibaldi and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Spas & Wellness & Musee Picasso), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and wander the streets of Vieille Ville.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Nice trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nice are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

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.
Attractions like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Parc National des Calanques. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Trolib (in Cassis), Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take a stroll through The Panier, and stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. February in Marseille sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:

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 8th (Mon), snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), examine the collection at Musee de L'Inquisition, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. February in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 8:

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.
Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Musee Jacquemart-Andre and Ile Saint-Louis. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, see the interesting displays at Fondation Louis Vuitton, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Carcassonne in February, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:

Honfleur

— 5 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Notre Dame de Grace and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honfleur: Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, &more), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Honfleur road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 36°F. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.