16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France tour planner
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— 2 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
— 5 nights


Paris — 2 nights

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.
To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip planning tool.

New Orleans, USA to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Paris is 7 hours. While traveling from New Orleans, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chamonix.
Museums · Historic Sites
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Chamonix — 4 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ceinture Tucker (in Sevrier) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges de la Diosaz, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix online tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Lyon.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips
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Lyon — 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Lyon is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, delve into the distant past at Théâtre gallo-romain, find something for the whole family at KOEZIO Lyon, and get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Lyon day trip tool.

Drive from Chamonix to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. September in Lyon sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Side Trip
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Marseille — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape). The adventure continues: wander the streets of La Croisette, stop by Cours Mirabeau, see the interesting displays at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and look for gifts at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Marseille online holiday planner.

Fly from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Marseille, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 24th (Sat), you're off to home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
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France travel guide

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.