30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 4 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Train
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
8
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Orsay and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Kids will appreciate attractions like Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in November: highs in Paris hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:

Amiens

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Guillemont Road Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Carriere Wellington, stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take a stroll through St-Leu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Lochnagar Crater, examine the collection at Musee Somme 1916, steep yourself in history at Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, then appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Amiens travel app.

Getting from Paris to Amiens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In November, daytime highs in Amiens are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Memorial de Caen and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee du debarquement and Pointe du Hoc. Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux trip builder tool.

You can drive from Amiens to Bayeux in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

Saint-Malo

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Abbaye de Beauport and Promenade du Clair de Lune. Kids will enjoy Plage du Sillon and Saint-Malo Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Cap Fréhel (in Plevenon), Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel & Mont Saint-Michel) and Cap d'Erquy (in Erquy). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, soak in style at Awelys Spa Privatif, and make a trip to Centre Historique.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Blois.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Valencay and Chateau Royal de Blois. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau de Langeais. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Blois visit planning tool.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Blois in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint-Malo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Blois, with lows of 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Institut & Musee Lumiere. Bring the kids along to Safari de Peaugres and Mini World Lyon. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to Cite medievale de Perouges in Perouges, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, explore the world behind art at Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon route app.

You can drive from Blois to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

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 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne route planner.

Take a train from Lyon to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of 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, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Espiguette Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Arles day trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Arles, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

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.
On the 16th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take a stroll through The Panier, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, make a trip to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Arles to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Marseille, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Vieille Ville. Explore hidden gems such as Saint-Paul de Vence and Place Garibaldi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: La Londe Les Maures (Daskalides Chocolatier & Dune La Londe). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Nice, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Old Town, then examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Musée d'Unterlinden and then see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile.

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Fly from Nice to Colmar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nice in December: high temperatures in Colmar hover around 46°F and lows are around 34°F. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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.