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
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
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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 Arc de Triomphe. Explore hidden gems such as Île de la Cité and Jardin des Tuileries. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & Eglise Notre-Dame de Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Le Marais, and don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris vacation planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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 Samaris.

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.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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 Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Kids will enjoy Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach.

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Traveling by car from Amiens to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Bayeux sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

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 and Colline de Fourviere. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Musee de Grenoble (in Grenoble), Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny) and Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Parasailing & Paragliding). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and wander the streets of The Presqu'ile.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lyon journey app.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Lyon are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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): stroll through 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 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. 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 go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

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 Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Œuvre de la cathédrale and Alsatian Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice d'Ebersmunster (in Ebersmunster), Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim) and Colmar (Old Town, Musée d'Unterlinden, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Quartier Imperial, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg planning website.

Getting from Val Thorens to Strasbourg by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a train. January in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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 Place Garibaldi. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Suquet and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Musee Picasso). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and stop by Vieille Ville.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online journey builder.

You can fly from Strasbourg to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Strasbourg in January, with highs in Nice at 56°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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 Calanques. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. 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: take a stroll through The Panier 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 drive to Albi.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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 car from Marseille to Albi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. 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.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:

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.