30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary builder

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Tours
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
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Nantes
— 2 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Lérins Islands. Attractions like Place Garibaldi and Vieille Ville make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre-Dame de Bon Port, and admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice online trip builder.

Washington, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Nice is somewhat warmer than Washington - with highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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 6th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Domaine des Planards, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, then examine the collection at Crystal Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Lac Bleu, fly down the slopes at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take in panoramic vistas at Step Into the Void, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the Chamonix trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Nice to Chamonix by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
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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.
Attractions like La Clusaz and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Station de Ski les Saisies and ESF PLagne 1800. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Piccard Sports (in Les Saisies), Val Sports (in Manigod) and Reflex Ski School (in Macot-la-Plagne). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, and see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Annecy trip maker app.

You can drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in February, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trips

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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 11th (Thu): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, hit the slopes at Ski Cool, fly down the slopes at Prosneige, then fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, and finally fly down the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Val Thorens route planning site.

Getting from Annecy to Val Thorens by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

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Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:

Lyon

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lyon travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in February, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 14:

Paris

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Explore hidden gems such as Adrien Kavachnina and Spas. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of Le Marais, and visit Montmartre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris itinerary planning app.

Getting from Lyon to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tours.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:

Tours

— 4 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee des Blindes and Cathedrale De Bourges. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien and Chateau d'Angers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tours: Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye), Le Cadre Noir (in Saumur) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de La Fleche, don't miss a visit to Place Plumereau, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau.

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Take a train from Paris to Tours in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Tours sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 22:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Kids will appreciate attractions like Chemin des Douaniers and Airborne Museum. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Musee de la Batterie de Merville (in Merville-Franceville-Plage) and Ranville (Pegasus Bridge & Pegasus Memorial). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Grace, brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip maker app.

Drive from Tours to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 26:

Saint-Malo

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel, get outside with Avel Char, then get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Amis des Bisquines et du Vieux Cancale. On the next day, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, then make a trip to Centre Historique, then enjoy the sea views from Cap Fréhel, and finally explore the historical opulence of Fort La Latte.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo online trip builder.

Getting from Bayeux to Saint-Malo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Nantes

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sous-Marin l'Espadon, wander the streets of Village de Trentemoult, then wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, then steep yourself in history at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, and finally play a few rounds at Golf de l'Ile d'Or. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Ile de Versailles, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nantes travel route planning website.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in February, and nighttime lows around 37°F. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 2:

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.