32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Honfleur
— 4 nights
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Lyon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tignes
— 1 night
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hotel de Ville and The Hall of Mirrors. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & La laiterie de propreté). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip website.

San Diego, USA to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. When traveling from San Diego in January, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Paris: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 26:

Honfleur

— 4 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vieux Bassin and Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer (in Longues-sur-Mer), Eglise St-Joseph (in Le Havre) and Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Deauville Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Honfleur day trip planner.

Drive from Paris to Honfleur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Honfleur are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee de Grenoble and Owl's Trail. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon & Place de la Liberation). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lyon tour itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Honfleur to Lyon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Lyon, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

Annecy

— 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oxygene Ski School La Plagne and La Vieille Ville. Venture out of the city with trips to La Clusaz (in La Clusaz) and Station de Ski les Saisies (in Les Saisies). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Pont des Amours and take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz.

Before you visit Annecy, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:

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 7th (Sun), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, then take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chamonix day trip app.

Getting from Annecy to Chamonix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tignes.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

Tignes

— 1 night
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. On the 9th (Tue), stroll through British Alpine Ski School, fly down the slopes at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, then get outside with The Development Centre - Tignes, and finally fly down the slopes at Snowtubing Tignes.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tignes trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Chamonix to Tignes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Tignes are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Tignes

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Mission Black Forest, then hit the slopes at Elements Park, then hit the slopes at Ski Cool, and finally fly down the slopes at Prosneige.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Val Thorens trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Tignes to Val Thorens by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. February in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally stroll through Place Gambetta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), browse the different shops at Les Halles de Narbonne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Just, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Carcassonne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Val Thorens in February: high temperatures in Carcassonne hover around 52°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

Marseille

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parc du Mugel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and then make a trip to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Venture out of the city with trips to Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February in Nice, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:

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.