11 days in Marseille, Geneva & Paris Itinerary

11 days in Marseille, Geneva & Paris Itinerary

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11 days in Marseille, Geneva & Paris Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Marseille, France
— Few hours
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary maker site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Marseille is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get much colder in Marseille: highs are around 15°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

2
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 21st (Sat), see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, admire the striking features of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Marseille to Geneva takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Geneva is a bit cooler than Marseille - with highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites
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Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace of Versailles and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Paris day trip site .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Geneva in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 3°C in Paris. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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