30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly
7
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
8
Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
9
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 Colline de Fourviere. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Institut & Musee Lumiere. Step out of Lyon to go to Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte and see Parcours Aventure, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lyon day trip app.

Washington, USA to Lyon is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Lyon. 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.
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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. 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 pick up some new knowledge with 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 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. 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.
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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 Station de Ski les Saisies and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pont des Amours and Palais de l'Ile. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Reflex Ski School (in Macot-la-Plagne), La Plagne (in La Plagne-Tarentaise) and La Clusaz (in La Clusaz). The adventure continues: make a trip to La Vieille Ville and take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip builder tool.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vallee Blanche and Lac Blanc. Bring the kids along to Brevent Cable Car and Aiguille du Midi. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix day trip planning website.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Step off the beaten path and head to Musée Marc Chagall and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to La Croisette (in Cannes), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Antibes (Spas & Wellness & Musee Picasso). There's still lots to do: visit Old Town, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online travel planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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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 Parc National des Calanques and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Cours Mirabeau), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Trolib (in Cassis). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, and visit The Panier.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Carcassonne.
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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.

Fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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 fly to Paris.
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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.
Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Musee Jacquemart-Andre and The Hall of Mirrors. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Carcassonne in February: highs in Paris hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Honfleur.
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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 Historial Jeanne d’Arc. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Abbaye aux Hommes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honfleur: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de Grace, don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Joseph, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Honfleur trip maker site.

You can drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. February in Honfleur sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 36°F at night. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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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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