30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

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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 Île de la Cité and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. 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, wander the streets of Montmartre, get a taste of the local shopping with 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.
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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.
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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.
Bring the kids along to Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Memorial de Caen. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Pegasus Bridge (in Ranville), Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale) and Honfleur (Notre Dame de Grace & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of 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 take an in-depth tour of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
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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 Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Théâtre gallo-romain and Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic), Clermont-Ferrand (L'Aventure Michelin & B'up) and Dijon (Place de la Liberation, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, &more). 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.
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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. 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 tour along fresh powder with 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 3 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.
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centre-ville de Strasbourg and Eglise St-Martin. Get some cultural insight at Vieille ville d'Eguisheim and Œuvre de la cathédrale. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Metz (Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz & Quartier Imperial), Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix (in Rhodes) and Colmar (Musée d'Unterlinden, Old Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, admire the landmark architecture of Place Kleber, don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg online road trip planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Strasbourg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in January, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nice.
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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 Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Le Suquet. Family-friendly places like Lérins Islands and Le Nomade will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes), Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, wander the streets of Old Town, and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 56°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais Longchamp and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parc National des Calanques and The Panier. 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: take in the dramatic natural features at Parc national des Calanques, get a taste of the local shopping with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

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Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Albi.
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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 explore the world behind art 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.
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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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