30 days in France Itinerary

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Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Nantes — 4 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Chateau d'Angers are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jardin des Plantes and Passage Pommeraye. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers (in Angers), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Chateau de Breze (in Breze). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo de La Fleche, contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nantes trip planner.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Nantes is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nantes, with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bayeux.
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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 Mont Saint-Michel and Memorial de Caen. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Juno Beach Centre and Pointe du Grouin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique (in Ouistreham) and Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nantes to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Paris.
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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 enjoy Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Île de la Cité and The Trianons & The Hamlet. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Galerie des Carrosses) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Chamonix.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take some stellar pictures from Aiguille du Midi, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Glacier des Bossons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Aiguille des Grands Montets, see the interesting displays at Musee des Cristaux, get interesting insight from Tours, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Macot-la-Plagne.
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Macot-la-Plagne — 2 nights

On the 9th (Fri), get outside with snow panthers motoneige, stroll through La Plagne, see the winter wonderland with Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Plagne, then fly down the slopes at Reflex Ski School, then fly down the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, and finally fly down the slopes at Courchevel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, do some rugged touring at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Val d'Isere, glide through natural beauty at SkiBro Technologies, then stroll through ESF Belle Plagne, and finally fly down the slopes at Belle Plagne.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Macot-la-Plagne trip builder.

You can drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in April, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.
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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 (Sun): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the next day, hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Clubs ESF, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, and finally learn and have fun at Ski Cool.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Val Thorens trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Macot-la-Plagne in April, plan for slightly colder days in Val Thorens, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Carcassonne.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Carcassonne in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and train. In April, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Vallon des Auffes and Parc Animalier de la Barben. Kids will enjoy Parc national des Calanques and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Avignon (Rocher des Doms, Palais des Papes, &more) and Arles (Abbaye de Montmajour, Musee Departemental Arles Antique, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Marseille are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Food Tours. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lérins Islands and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. When in Nice, make a side trip to see Le Suquet in Cannes, approximately Cannes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

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Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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