22 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

22 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Troyes, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through Île de la Cité, then admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, examine the collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Paris vacation planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Paris at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Bordeaux, France

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take a stroll through Port of the Moon, see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, then view the masterpieces at Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, and finally examine the collection at Musee d'Aquitaine. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Taillan, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, and finally admire the striking features of Église Notre-Dame.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Toulouse, France

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Basilique Saint-Sernin and Quai de la Daurade will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fondation Bemberg and Chateau Comtal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Carcassonne Center (Cité de Carcassonne & Cathar Castles). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Pont Neuf, examine the collection at Musee Georges Labit, contemplate the long history of Espace EDF Bazacle, and browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Toulouse route maker.

Drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Toulouse sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

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Avignon, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): head off the coast to Ile de la Barthelasse, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the galleries of Musee du Petit Palais. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Un Siecle de Roulottes, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Avignon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Avignon, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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Marseille, France

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 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church and then visit The Panier.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille attractions planner.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Nice, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastère de Cimiez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye du Thoronet.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice road trip planning site.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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Chamonix, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Aiguilles Rouges, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Michel, and then explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chamonix road trip site.

Getting from Nice to Chamonix by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
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Geneva, Switzerland

Capital of Peace

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 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, examine the collection at Musee Ariana, then examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Musee Militaire Genevois.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva day trip planning website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Geneva are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Troyes.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums

Side Trip

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Troyes, France

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Lili, examine the collection at Apothicairerie de l'hotel Dieu le Conte, examine the collection at Musee Vauluisant, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nicolas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Sainte-Madeleine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin du Presbytere, contemplate the long history of Templar commandery of Avalleur, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Urbain, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nizier, then examine the collection at Musee Saint-Loup, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Remy.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Troyes online day trip planner.

Getting from Geneva to Troyes by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Paris.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Paris, France

City of Light

On the 6th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, and then get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, then explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet, then take a stroll through Montmartre, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Troyes to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.