30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
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
Fly

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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 Vieux Port and Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois. Venture out of the city with trips to Hermione - La Fayette (in Anglet) and Saint Martin de Re (Clocher Observatoire & Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, and brush up on your military savvy at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle online attractions planner.

Washington, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to La Rochelle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in La Rochelle, with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Malo.
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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 pause for some photo ops at 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 - Chateau de la Roche Goyon.

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.
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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.
Kids will enjoy Memorial de Caen and Airborne Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre), Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Catholic Church & Vieux Bassin) and Deauville Beach (in Deauville City). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Pegasus Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, and head outdoors with Omaha Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux day trip planning app.

Getting from Saint-Malo to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
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Boulogne-sur-Mer — 3 nights

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

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Boulogne-sur-Mer tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. February in Boulogne-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Île de la Cité and Le Trocadero et son esplanade. Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La laiterie de propreté). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, get curious at Musee des Arts et Metiers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Paris in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel 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.
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 Musee des Cristaux, and finally gear up 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 get engrossed in the history 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.
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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 7th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. On the next day, tour along fresh powder with Ski Cool, stroll through 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.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Attractions like Parc National des Calanques and Palais des Papes make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Arles (Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more) and Avignon (Rocher des Doms & Pont d'Avignon). 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.
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Musée Marc Chagall. Kids will enjoy Massif du Tanneron and Le Suquet. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Memorial des Guerres en Indochine (in Frejus), Cannes (La Croisette & Lérins Islands) and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews (in La Napoule-Plage). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nice online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March in Nice, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel 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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