35 days in France Itinerary

35 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 5 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Fly
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 2 nights
Foot to Poitiers, Train to Paris
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Paris
— 8 nights
Fly

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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.
Attractions like Room Escape Games and Haute Level Route, a high level walk make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Chamonix to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains to see Eglise Saint Gervais Saint Protais about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Alpin.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix trip builder app.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Chamonix is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Riyadh to Chamonix, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon — 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Traboules du Vieux Lyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Musee de la Galoche (in Virieu), Spas (in Chambery) and Ballalama (in Reaumont). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at KOEZIO Lyon, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lyon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg — 5 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Attractions like Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and La Petite France make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Holtzwihr Memorial to Audie Murphy (in Holtzwihr), Nancy (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy & Place Stanislas) and Colmar (Old Town & Little Venice). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, stop by Mon Oncle Malker de Munster, and stroll through Sentier Viticole des Grands Crus.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Strasbourg day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can fly to Nice.
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Nice — 6 nights

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.
Attractions like Lérins Islands and Musee Picasso make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Marché provençal & Musee Napoleonien) and A.I.R. Vallauris (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and walk around Parc du Mont Boron.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Nice by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in December, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais des Papes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Cape Canaille (in Cassis), Bandol (Sentier Littoral & Villa des Flo) and Mini World Cote d'Azur (in La Valette-du-Var). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and visit The Panier.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Marseille driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, plan for little chillier nights in Marseille, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): find something for the whole family at Futuroscope. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Notre Dame la Grande and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chasseneuil-du-Poitou trip maker tool.

You can fly from Marseille to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Marseille in January: highs in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 1°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Paris.
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Paris — 8 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.
Bring the kids along to Louvre Museum and Disneyland Paris. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Le Marais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris vacation planner.

Getting from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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