30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Rouen
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Nantes
— 4 nights
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Rouen — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise St-Joseph and Historial Jeanne d’Arc. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rouen: Maison de Jules Verne (in Amiens), Etretat (Falaises d'Etretat & Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde) and Palais Benedictine (in Fecamp). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, make a trip to Vieux Bassin, take a stroll through Rue du Gros-Horloge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rouen trip planner.

Washington, USA to Rouen is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Rouen is 6 hours. In March, daytime highs in Rouen are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Omaha Beach Memorial Museum and Airborne Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take in the history at Omaha Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Bayeux sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Marmottan Monet and Île de la Cité. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Paris are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 2 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.
On the 14th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, examine the collection at Musee des Cristaux, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, get great views at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Paris to Chamonix by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stroll through Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Keep things going the next day: learn and have fun at Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, stroll through Mini Clubs ESF, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elements Park, then fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Val Thorens trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Val Thorens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel 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.
Bring the kids along to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lérins Islands and Place Rossetti. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Le Suquet (in Cannes). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, make a trip to Place Massena, wander the streets of Old Town, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice tour planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Nice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Val Thorens in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Kids will enjoy Vallon des Auffes and Palais des Papes. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau des Baux de Provence and Palais du Pharo. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Arles (Musee Departemental Arles Antique & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Marseille trip maker tool.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer road trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In March in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally stop by Cité de Carcassonne.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Nantes.
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Nantes — 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Chateau d'Angers and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Jardin des Plantes and Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers. Venture out of the city with trips to Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Langeais, take a stroll through Passage Pommeraye, and stop by Village de Trentemoult.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nantes trip tool.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Nantes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel 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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