25 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

25 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
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Avignon, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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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 20th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Louis Vuitton, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Paris reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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 22nd (Sun), take a stroll through Port of the Moon, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, then take in the exciting artwork at Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, and finally examine the collection at Musee d'Aquitaine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, then walk around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Église Notre-Dame.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip itinerary app.

Getting from Paris to Bordeaux by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilique Saint-Sernin and Chateau Foucaud et parc. Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to 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 lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade, don't miss a visit to Espace EDF Bazacle, take an in-depth tour of Musee Saint-Raymond, and take in the views from Pont Neuf.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Toulouse are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Grignan and Musee du Petit Palais. Palais des Papes and Ile de la Barthelasse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Avignon to Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie to see Un Siecle de Roulottes about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Palais du Roure, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers).

Discover how to plan a Avignon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Toulouse to Avignon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Avignon are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Monastère de Cimiez and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieille Ville and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and get outside with Promenade du Paillon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice planner.

Getting from Avignon to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Avignon in December, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eglise Saint Michel and Chamonix Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Lac Cornu. Change things up with a short trip to Le Chemin du Calvaire in Megeve (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, look for all kinds of wild species at Aiguilles Rouges, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix trip site.

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 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve, then kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, and finally make a trip to Chapel of the Maccabees. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, then examine the collection at Musee Ariana, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva travel planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Geneva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Troyes.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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.
On the 8th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Lili, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Nizier, examine the collection at Apothicairerie de l'hotel Dieu le Conte, see the interesting displays at Musee Vauluisant, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Remy.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Troyes online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Geneva to Troyes in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Paris.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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Paris, France

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a stroll through Montmartre and then ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, then admire the masterpieces at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, then explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris trip maker tool.

Getting from Troyes to Paris by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.