30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour planner

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 3 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
— 4 nights
Fly

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Colmar

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as La Volerie des Aigles and Musée d'Unterlinden. Attractions like Cite de l'Automobile and Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott), La Montagne des Singes (in Kintzheim) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Old Town, examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, and contemplate the long history of Porte du Lalli.

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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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Colmar: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Place Garibaldi. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Musée des Beaux-Arts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures), Chocolats et Gourmandises (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Eglise Saint Louis (in Hyeres). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice online travel route planner.

You can fly from Colmar to Nice in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Colmar in November, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 63°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough 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.
On the 13th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then wander the streets of The Panier, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, then steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Marseille tour planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Marseille, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then explore the ancient world of 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 next day: 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, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally kick back and relax at Espiguette Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles tour planner.

Drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Tour Barberousse, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, then make a trip to La Porte D'aude, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip builder app.

You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. November in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Musee Miniature et Cinema and Monastere Royal de Brou are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Institut & Musee Lumiere and The Presqu'ile. Venture out of the city with trips to Safari de Peaugres (in Peaugres), Hotel-Dieu (in Belleville) and Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner.

Take a train from Carcassonne to Lyon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Carcassonne in November, with highs in Lyon at 53°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

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.
Kids will enjoy Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Valencay and Chateau de Villandry. Explore Blois' surroundings by going to Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye), Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Tours (Place Plumereau & Cathedrale Saint-Gatien). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny and explore the world behind art at Musee de la Photographie.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Blois itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lyon to Blois in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Parlement de Bretagne, stroll around Parc du Thabor, take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, then get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo trip builder site.

You can drive from Blois to Saint-Malo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Memorial de Caen and Pointe du Hoc. Kids will enjoy Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Bayeux War Cemetery. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, take in the history at Omaha Beach, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip website.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Bayeux are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Australian National Memorial, learn about all things military at Sir John Monash Centre, stop by St-Leu, then make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

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Traveling by car from Bayeux to Amiens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — 30:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Île de la Cité. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. 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: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Paris sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:

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.