30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Meribel
— 3 nights
Train
5
Tignes
— 1 night
Drive
6
Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly
9
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Albi
— 1 night
+2
Drive to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC

S M T W T F S
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. Explore hidden gems such as Musee Jacquemart-Andre and Rue Lepic. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary tool.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. Traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

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.
Attractions like Musee de Grenoble and Musee Miniature et Cinema make great kid-friendly stops. Colline de Fourviere and Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Fresque des Lyonnais, and wander the streets of The Presqu'ile.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon sightseeing planner.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January in Lyon, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

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 15th (Fri): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On your second day here, hit the slopes at La Grave, head outdoors with 6km Toboggan Run Val Thorens, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, then hit the slopes at Ski Cool, and finally identify plant and animal life at Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Val Thorens online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lyon to Val Thorens by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Meribel.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Meribel

— 3 nights
Kids will appreciate attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Courchevel and Reflex Ski School. Go for a jaunt from Meribel to Macot-la-Plagne to see Oxygene Ski School La Plagne about 1h 10 min away.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Meribel trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Meribel takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Meribel are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tignes.

Things to do in Meribel

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Tignes

— 1 night
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. On the 20th (Wed), get outside with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, fly down the slopes at British Alpine Ski School, get outside with The Development Centre - Tignes, then relax and rejuvenate at Tignes Massage, and finally stroll through Snowtubing Tignes.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tignes online journey planner.

You can take a train from Meribel to Tignes in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Tignes

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:

Chamonix

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Vallee Blanche and Parasailing & Paragliding. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Brevent Cable Car and Pont des Amours. Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: Annecy (Palais de l'Ile & La Vieille Ville) and La Clusaz (in La Clusaz). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Aiguille des Grands Montets, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, and take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Chamonix holiday builder site.

Drive from Tignes to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

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 enjoy Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Place Garibaldi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musée Marc Chagall and Musee Picasso. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Spas & Wellness (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice day trip app.

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, daytime highs in Nice are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

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.
Bring the kids along to Parc National des Calanques and Cathédrale La Major. Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Avignon (Rocher des Doms, Palais des Papes, &more), Parc du Mugel (in La Ciotat) and Plage de la Grande Mer (in Cassis). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in January, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Cathar Castles and Chateau Comtal. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Cathedrale St-Just. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Paroisse Saint Nazaire (in Beziers), Mont St-Clair (in Sete) and Les Halles de Narbonne (in Narbonne). There's much more to do: get curious at Aeroscopia, step into the grandiose world of Rennes le chateau, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 3:

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then take in the views from Pont Vieux, and finally admire the natural beauty at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Albi trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:

France travel guide

4.3
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.