30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France visit planner
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Amiens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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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 appreciate attractions like Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Explore hidden gems such as Île de la Cité and Hotel de Ville. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and stop by Montmartre.

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Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In December in Paris, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Amiens — 2 nights

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 (Wed), explore the world behind art at Musee de Picardie, get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally take a stroll through St-Leu. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Sir John Monash Centre, get engrossed in the history at Carriere Wellington, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Be Baie.

For maps and tourist information, use the Amiens vacation tool.

You can drive from Paris to Amiens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Amiens can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Memorial de Caen. Kids will enjoy Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Sainte-Mere-Eglise (Church of Sainte-Mère-Église & Airborne Museum), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux holiday planner.

Drive from Amiens to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lyon.
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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 Cite medievale de Perouges. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and Musee de Grenoble. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny) and Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Parasailing & Paragliding). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lyon driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Lyon, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

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 9th (Sat): pick up some new knowledge with Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Prosneige, then look for gifts at La Belle en Cuisse, then fly down the slopes at Yeti Park, and finally fly down the slopes at La Grave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

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.
Kids will enjoy Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Alsatian Museum. Œuvre de la cathédrale and Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Colmar (Old Town, Musée d'Unterlinden, &more), Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). The adventure continues: make a trip to Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster, contemplate the long history of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg route planning website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Strasbourg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
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Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

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.
Kids will enjoy Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Le Suquet, Rue d'Antibes, &more), Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Musee Picasso, &more) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Nice online road trip planner.

Fly from Strasbourg to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Nice is a bit warmer than Strasbourg - with highs of 56°F and lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

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 Palais Longchamp and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parc national des Calanques and The Panier. Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Vieil Aix, &more), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip maker app.

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Albi.
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Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

Albi — 1 night

Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then take in the views from Pont Vieux, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Albi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Albi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in January: highs in Albi hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:

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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