30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation maker

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Amiens
— 1 night
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
— 2 nights
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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 Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Île de la Cité. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, wander the streets of Le Marais, and make a trip to Eiffel Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Paris are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Amiens

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Australian National Memorial, brush up on your military savvy at Sir John Monash Centre, then admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally stop by St-Leu.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Amiens vacation app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Amiens takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bring the kids along to Church of Sainte-Mère-Église and Memorial de Caen. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Pegasus Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont), Honfleur (Notre Dame de Grace & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church) and Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Mont Saint-Michel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux online 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 in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

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.
Musee Miniature et Cinema and Théâtre gallo-romain are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and L'Aventure Michelin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Dijon (Place de la Liberation, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, &more), Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic) and Clermont-Ferrand (Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption & B'up). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, explore the galleries of Fresque des Lyonnais, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Bayeux to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): hit the slopes at Piste des Inuits, stroll through La Piste des Animaux, fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, then fly down the slopes at Elements Park, then hit the slopes at Ski Cool, and finally hit the slopes at Prosneige. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Val Thorens trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Lyon to Val Thorens by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 43°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Alsatian Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Œuvre de la cathédrale and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Colmar (Musée d'Unterlinden, Old Town, &more), Metz (Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz & Quartier Imperial) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Vieille Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, enjoy breathtaking views from Tour des Bouchers, and admire the striking features of Place Kleber.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Strasbourg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lérins Islands and Musée Marc Chagall. Family-friendly places like Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Place Garibaldi will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Musee Picasso, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 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 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

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 Palais Longchamp and Cours Mirabeau. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parc National des Calanques and Calanques. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Cape Canaille (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Spas, Vieil Aix, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, explore the galleries of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Albi.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:

Albi

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 20th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, examine the collection at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, then take in the views from Pont Vieux, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Forteresse de Najac and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Albi tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Albi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Albi: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

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.