23 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

23 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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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
Drive
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive
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Troyes, France
— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): wander the streets of Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Ile Saint-Louis, see the interesting displays at Fondation Louis Vuitton, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Paris is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Aquitaine, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, and finally contemplate the long history of Port of the Moon. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Pape Clement, then view the masterpieces at Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Église Notre-Dame.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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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.
Fondation Bemberg and Musee Georges Labit will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Saint-Sernin and Quai de la Daurade. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Lourdes (Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, Chateau Fort of Lourdes, &more) and Carcassonne Center (Cité de Carcassonne, Cathar Castles, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Pont Neuf, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, examine the collection at Galerie Le Chateau d'Eau, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Carmelites.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Toulouse tour site.

Getting from Bordeaux to Toulouse by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

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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.
Chateau de Grignan and Galerie Boutique John Gormsen will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Ile de la Barthelasse and Basilique Saint Pierre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Village de Mirmande (in Mirmande) and Un Siecle de Roulottes (in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais, and do a tasting at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Avignon itinerary builder website.

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

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 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.
On the 30th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Palais du Pharo.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Marseille travel planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins and Espace Ferrero. Get some cultural insight at Monastère de Cimiez and Vieille Ville. Change things up with a short trip to Abbaye du Thoronet in Le Thoronet (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris, and visit Place Rossetti.

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

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Musee Alpin, look for all kinds of wild species at Aiguilles Rouges, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Refuge Albert 1er.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

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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.
For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Geneva road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to Troyes.

Things to do in Geneva

Nightlife · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Urbain, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Remy, and then see the interesting displays at Musee Saint-Loup. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Lili, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier, see the interesting displays at Apothicairerie de l'hotel Dieu le Conte, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon, then examine the collection at Musee Vauluisant, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Sainte-Madeleine.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Troyes attractions site.

Drive from Geneva to Troyes in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Troyes can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

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Paris, France

City of Light

Your inner history buff will appreciate Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse and Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Petit Palais and Musee Marmottan Monet. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Chantilly City to see Chateau de Chantilly about 56 minutes away. See some other sides of Paris: see the interesting displays at Musee Nissim de Camondo, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Eustache, explore the world behind art at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, and make a trip to Hotel de Ville.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning tool.

Drive from Troyes to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.