30 days in France Itinerary

30 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France planner
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Montbeliard
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 4 nights
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Montpellier
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Paris
— 1 night
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Paris — 5 nights

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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Paris is an approximately 11-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 July, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Montbeliard.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Montbeliard — 5 nights

Montbéliard is a city in the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France, about 13km from the border with Switzerland. Get out of town with these interesting Montbeliard side-trips: Chapelle Notre-Dame du Haut (in Ronchamp), Mulhouse (Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer, Parc Zoologique & Botanique de Mulhouse, &more) and Ecomusee d'Alsace (in Ungersheim). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Immeuble du Lion Peugeot, see the interesting displays at Le Pavillon des Sciences, get a new perspective on nature at Musee du Chateau des Ducs de Wurtemberg, and stroll around Parc Pres la Rose.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Montbeliard tour website.

You can drive from Paris to Montbeliard in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Montbeliard sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lyon.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Lyon — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Collegiale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul (in Saint-Donat-sur-l'Herbasse), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). And it doesn't end there: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montbeliard to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, Lyon is a bit warmer than Montbeliard - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Clermont-Ferrand — 4 nights

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Explore Clermont-Ferrand's surroundings by going to Centre Tout Terrain du Sancy (in Saint-Nectaire), Chateau de Murol (in Murol) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). Spend the 3rd (Wed) among the fascinating landscape of Puy-de-Dome Volcano. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Vulcania, examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin, identify plant and animal life at Volcano Park of Lemptegy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Clermont-Ferrand journey website.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Clermont-Ferrand takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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Montpellier — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
On the 6th (Sat), make a trip to La Maison Carree, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seaquarium. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Planet Ocean Montpellier, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do and tourist information, read Montpellier trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Clermont-Ferrand to Montpellier by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in August: high temperatures in Montpellier hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Wildlife
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Nice — 6 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: La Croisette (in Cannes) and TakSea (in Saint-Raphael). Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice online vacation planner.

Drive from Montpellier to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Montpellier in August, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours
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Paris — 1 night

On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to Place de la Concorde and then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Paris trip website.

Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paris, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites

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.
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