30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner

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Fly
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Nantes
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Macot-la-Plagne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Carcassonne
— 1 night
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
— 5 nights
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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Jardin des Plantes and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau d'Angers and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Zoo de La Fleche (in La Fleche), Musee Lurcat (in Angers) and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, step into the grandiose world of Chateau d'Usse, and visit Village de Trentemoult.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nantes trip maker website.

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. Traveling from Washington in March, Nantes is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Juno Beach Centre and Mont Saint-Michel. Step off the beaten path and head to Pointe du Hoc and Memorial de Caen. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's lots more to do: take in the history at Omaha Beach, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and learn about all things military at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux online itinerary planner.

Getting from Nantes to Bayeux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 19:

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 Atelier des Lumieres and Fontaine Saint-Sulpice. Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stop by Montmartre, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 24:

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 (Thu): 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 explore and take pictures at Brevent Cable Car, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and finally fly down the slopes at Loisirs Assis Evasion.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Macot-la-Plagne.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 26:

Macot-la-Plagne

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): head outdoors with snow panthers motoneige, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Plagne, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reflex Ski School, then fly down the slopes at Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, and finally hit the slopes at Courchevel. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Evolution 2 Val d'Isere, stroll through Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, ski along the peaceful trails at SkiBro Technologies, then fly down the slopes at ESF Belle Plagne, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Belle Plagne.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Macot-la-Plagne travel route planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Macot-la-Plagne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in March, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Macot-la-Plagne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 26 — 28:

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 29th (Mon): hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, hit the slopes at Mini Clubs ESF, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Prosneige, and finally fly down the slopes at Ski Cool.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Val Thorens online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Macot-la-Plagne to Val Thorens by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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 31st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Carcassonne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Val Thorens in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 42°F in Carcassonne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 30 — 31:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, trot along with a tour on horseback, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip itinerary tool.

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. In March, daytime highs in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.

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

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vallon des Auffes and Roman Theatre of Orange. Family-friendly places like Parc Animalier de la Barben and Cathédrale La Major will thrill your kids. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence) and Arles (Musee Departemental Arles Antique & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Marseille driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 1 — 4:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and La cité médiévale. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lérins Islands and Le Suquet. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite & La Croisette) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nice holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 9:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.