30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Train
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 1 night
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Colmar

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Volerie des Aigles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, then examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, then see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile, and finally see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colmar online attractions planner.

Washington DC, USA to Colmar is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Colmar. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Colmar, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Dune La Londe. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc Olbius-Riquier and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice online trip planner.

You can fly from Colmar to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Colmar in November, with highs in Nice at 63°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

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 13th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, stop by The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille holiday builder website.

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 November, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then step into the grandiose world of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then enjoy the sand and surf at Espiguette Beach, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Arles driving holiday app.

Drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in November, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

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 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then delve into the mystery of La Maison Hantee, then step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Arles to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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 Miniature et Cinema and Safari de Peaugres. Get some cultural insight at Institut & Musee Lumiere and The Presqu'ile. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Mini World Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Lyon by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Carcassonne in November, things will get a bit cooler in Lyon: highs are around 53°F and lows about 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Blois.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Blois

— 3 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Valencay and Chateau Royal de Blois. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau de Langeais. Get out of town with these interesting Blois side-trips: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chambord.

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Traveling by car from Lyon to Blois takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In November in Blois, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Parc du Thabor, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, get to know the fascinating history of Les Remparts de Dinan, then get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Sillon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Blois to Saint-Malo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Memorial de Caen and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee du debarquement and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Juno Beach Centre, and examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux visit planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

Amiens

— 1 night

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, brush up on your military savvy at Sir John Monash Centre, stop by St-Leu, then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Amiens online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Amiens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Fontainebleau and Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, steep yourself in history at Hotel de Ville, stop by Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planner.

Getting from Amiens to Paris by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:

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.