30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour planner

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Nantes
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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
— 4 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Bus to Geneva Bus Station, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier and Passage Pommeraye. Attractions like Jardin des Plantes and Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Cite Medievale de Guerande (in Guerande), Ocearium du Croisic (in Le Croisic) and Parc du Thabor (in Rennes). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, admire the masterpieces at Chateau de Brissac, and examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nantes trip planner.

Washington, USA to Nantes is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nantes when traveling from Washington in March, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Just, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and then get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Nantes to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

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 8th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

Discover how to plan a Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:

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.
Kids will enjoy Vallon des Auffes and Port de Cassis. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Palais du Pharo. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marseille day trip website.

Drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In March in Marseille, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

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.
Bring the kids along to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lérins Islands and La Croisette. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Nice sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

Val Thorens

— 3 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Bring the kids along to Prosneige and Ski Cool. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens and La Tania Ski Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Val Thorens: Meribel (Mission Black Forest, Elements Park, &more). There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Nice to Val Thorens by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Nice in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Val Thorens, with lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Glacier des Bossons, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix vacation builder website.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ile Saint-Louis and Musee des Arts et Metiers. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, browse the exhibits of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Paris route maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and train from Chamonix to Paris in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 25:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Juno Beach Centre and Pointe du Hoc. Family-friendly places like Omaha Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel) and Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in March, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 29:

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen, don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, and finally shop like a local with Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:

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.