30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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Meribel
— 3 nights
Train
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Tignes
— 1 night
Drive
5
Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Nice
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Owl's Trail. Kids will enjoy Colline de Fourviere and Fresque des Lyonnais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon & Place de la Liberation), Annecy (Pont des Amours, La Vieille Ville, &more) and La Clusaz (in La Clusaz). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, ponder the design of La Place des Jacobins, admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lyon holiday planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lyon is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Lyon. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lyon when traveling from Washington DC in January, with lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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. On the 19th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, hit the slopes at Val Thorens Toboggan Run, fly down the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then gear up at Prosneige, then tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, and finally fly down the slopes at Evolution 2 Val Thorens.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Val Thorens trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Val Thorens takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Meribel.
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Meribel — 3 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Station de Ski les Saisies and Reflex Ski School. Explore hidden gems such as La Folie Douce Meribel-Courchevel and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne. Change things up with a short trip to ESF Belle Plagne in Macot-la-Plagne (about 1h 20 min away).

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Meribel attractions planner.

Getting from Val Thorens to Meribel by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Meribel, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tignes.
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Tignes — 1 night

Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. On the 24th (Sun), hit the slopes at The Development Centre - Tignes, learn from the experts at British Alpine Ski School Val D'Isere, head off-road at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecole du Ski Francais, then relax and rejuvenate at Tignes Massage, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Snowtubing Tignes.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Tignes trip planner.

Getting from Meribel to Tignes by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Tignes can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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 25th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the awesome beauty at Vallee Blanche, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, then head outdoors with Aiguille du Midi, and finally stroll through Glacier des Bossons.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Chamonix trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Tignes to Chamonix takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Musée Marc Chagall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Massena Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Les Murs Peints (in Cannes) and Antibes (Musee Napoleonien, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, make a trip to Place Massena, and take a stroll through Old Town.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nice itinerary app.

You can drive from Chamonix to Nice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nice are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee d'Histoire de Marseille and Vieil Aix. Get some cultural insight at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Cathédrale La Major. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, &more), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Arc de Triomphe (in Orange). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, stop by The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Marseille online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathar Castles and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Bring the kids along to Chateau de Peyrepertuse and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Venture out of the city with trips to Albi (Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, Pont Vieux, &more), Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet) and Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, engage your brain at Aeroscopia, contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip builder app.

Getting from Marseille to Carcassonne by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ile Saint-Louis and The Hall of Mirrors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Carcassonne in February, plan for little chillier days in Paris, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can fly 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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