30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Drive to Albi
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Albi
— 1 night
Fly
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
Fly to Lyon, Shuttle to Val Thorens
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 1 night
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 23rd (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, get to know the fascinating history of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, examine the collection at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, then take in the views from Pont Vieux, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albi trip itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to Albi is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Albi due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais Longchamp and Cours Mirabeau. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parc National des Calanques and Vallon des Auffes. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate the long history of Chateau d'If, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Albi to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Albi in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Nice

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lérins Islands and Le Suquet. Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Place Garibaldi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Cannes (Aquarella, Les Murs Peints, &more) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Marché provençal, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and shop like a local with Avenue Jean Medecin.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Strasbourg

— 4 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Bring the kids along to Œuvre de la cathédrale and Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Metz (La Cour d'Or & Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz), Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite (in Epfig) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Martin, examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and take a stroll through Little Venice.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg travel planner.

You can fly from Nice to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in December; daily highs in Strasbourg reach 44°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, hit the slopes at Elements Park, fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens, then hit the slopes at Ski Cool, then hit the slopes at Prosneige, and finally stop by La Belle en Cuisse. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Val Thorens journey planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Strasbourg to Val Thorens takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Lyon

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Miniature et Cinema and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and Théâtre gallo-romain. Venture out of the city with trips to Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, Place de la Liberation, &more) and Annecy (Parasailing & Paragliding, La Vieille Ville, &more). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Mini World Lyon, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, and get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lyon sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Lyon are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Memorial de Caen. Kids will enjoy Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Venture out of the city with trips to Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Pegasus Bridge (in Ranville). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, browse the exhibits of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and examine the collection at Musee du debarquement.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux road trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Bayeux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. January in Bayeux sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Australian National Memorial, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, visit St-Leu, then get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de Picardie.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Amiens trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Bayeux to Amiens in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and French Arts Factory. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La Galerie des Batailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, examine the collection at Musee des Arts et Metiers, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries, and take a stroll through Île de la Cité.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris online travel route planner.

You can drive from Amiens to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

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.