30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Paris
— 5 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits and Phare des Baleines. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois and Towers of La Rochelle. Venture out of the city with trips to Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort) and Saint Martin de Re (Clocher Observatoire & Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Rochelle itinerary planning tool.

Washington, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to La Rochelle is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in La Rochelle, with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Parks · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:

Saint-Malo

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
On the 19th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Les Remparts de Dinan, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Rennes, then stroll around Parc du Thabor, then make a trip to Centre Historique, and finally explore the historical opulence of Fort La Latte.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Saint-Malo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 20:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kids will enjoy Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Memorial de Caen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur) and Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Pegasus Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Pegasus Memorial, see the interesting displays at Le Grand Bunker Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique, and witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bayeux using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. February in Bayeux sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 24:

Boulogne-sur-Mer

— 3 nights
Kids will appreciate attractions like Le Touquet Beach and Calais Wine Superstore. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Promenade des Remparts and Cap Gris Nez. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boulogne-sur-Mer: Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie (in Berck), Parc du Marquenterre (in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont) and Cap Blanc-Nez (in Escalles).

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Boulogne-sur-Mer trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:

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 Île de la Cité and Montparnasse Tower. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La laiterie de propreté). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, take a stroll through Montmartre, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 4:

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.
On the 5th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, stroll through Aiguille du Midi, enjoy breathtaking views from Step Into the Void, then examine the collection at Crystal Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Blue Mile Snowsports, take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, then explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chamonix travel planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 4 — 6:

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 7th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the next day, hit the slopes at Ski Cool, get all the equipment you need at Prosneige, discover the deep blue sea with Evolution 2 Val Thorens, then hit the slopes at Elements Park, then hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and finally fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens holiday planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 6 — 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. Attractions like Parc National des Calanques and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)) and Avignon (Rocher des Doms, Palais des Papes, &more). There's still lots to do: visit The Panier, explore the world behind art at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marseille route planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Marseille takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Marseille when traveling from Val Thorens in March, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 8 — 11:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Lérins Islands. Kids will enjoy Place Garibaldi and Vieille Ville. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron), Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage) and Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, stroll through Old Harbor (La Darse), don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Nice are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 11 — 16:

France travel guide

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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.