30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 7 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cauterets
— 1 night
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Paris Orly
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Paris
— 8 nights
Drive
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Fontainebleau
— 2 nights
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Nice

— 6 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.
Head to La Croisette and A.I.R. Vallaurisfor plenty of shopping. Vieille Ville and Avenue Jean Medecin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Arboretum du Mont-Gros (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin), Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Le Suquet, &more) and Base Nature Francois Leotard (in Frejus). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, identify plant and animal life at L'aquarium Naturel des Flots Bleus, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nice sightseeing website.

Istanbul, Turkey to Nice is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Nice is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in February since evenings lows in Nice dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Avignon

— 7 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Venture out of the city with trips to Trolib (in Cassis), Marseille (La Baleine a Cabosse, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more) and La Calanque de Figuerolles (in La Ciotat). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, examine the collection at Musee Granet, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon travel tool.

Drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in February, plan for little chillier nights in Avignon, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours · Wineries · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 14:

Carcassonne

— 5 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at O'Vineyards and Cité de Carcassonne. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Beille & Chioula (in Les Cabannes), Domaine de Baronarques (in Saint-Polycarpe) and Gorges de la Pierre-Lys (in Saint-Martin-Lys). There's much more to do: slough off your stress at Le Riad du Bien etre, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, and steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

Discover how to plan a Carcassonne trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cauterets.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Cauterets

— 1 night
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Caminando.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cauterets trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Cauterets in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Cauterets

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Paris

— 8 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Cauterets to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Fontainebleau

— 2 nights
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at MonBania, browse the exhibits of Chateau de Fontainebleau, and then get a dose of the wild on Evasion Canine.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fontainebleau trip builder.

Traveling by car from Paris to Fontainebleau takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. February in Fontainebleau sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Tours

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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.