56 days in France Itinerary

56 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner
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Paris
— 28 nights
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Bordeaux
— 22 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Chamonix
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Paris — 28 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Galerie des Carrosses, &more), Giverny (Fondation Claude Monet & Musee de Mecanique Naturelle) and Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). Have a day of magic on the 24th (Mon) at Disneyland Paris. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris online day trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Bordeaux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Bordeaux — 22 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: La Rochelle (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Vieux Port, &more), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Zoo de La Palmyre (in La Palmyre-Les Mathes). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, make a trip to Place du Parlement, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Biarritz, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux day trip site.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Bordeaux, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Nature
Side Trips
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Lyon — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Chamonix — 3 nights

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.
Step out of Chamonix with an excursion to Room Escape Games in Annemasse--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, take some stellar pictures from Brevent Cable Car, tour the pleasant surroundings at eBike Chamonix, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chamonix online tour planner.

Getting from Lyon to Chamonix by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trips
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.