19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

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Fly
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Train
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Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Gap
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Orcieres
— 1 night
Drive
7
Grenoble
— 1 night
Drive
8
Annecy
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Chamonix
— 1 night
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Marseille

— 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palais Longchamp and Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Abbaye Saint Victor will appeal to history buffs. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles) and Chateau La Coste en Provence (in Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church, and examine the collection at Musee du Savon de Marseille La Licorne.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Marseille travel route builder site.

Tijuana, Mexico to Marseille is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Tijuana to Marseille. Traveling from Tijuana in December, things will get little chillier in Marseille: highs are around 15°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Saint-Tropez

— 2 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): go for a walk through St. Tropez Harbor, then get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne.

Start your trip to Saint-Tropez by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lérins Islands and Le Suquet. Get some historical perspective at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance and Old Town. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Biot.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Cannes trip planner.

You can take a train from Saint-Tropez to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice

— 3 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.
On the 25th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, admire the masterpieces at Massena Museum, stroll around Parc du Mont Boron, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and finally see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastère de Cimiez and then see the sky in a new way at Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Gap.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Gap

— 2 nights
Gap is a commune in southeastern France, the capital and largest town of the Hautes-Alpes department. Get some historical perspective at Le Circuit de la Vieille Ville et les Andrones and Eglise Saint-Andre-des-Cordeliers. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Esf Chabanon and Pure. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gap: Sisteron (Rocher de la Baume & Cathedrale Notre-Dame-des-Pommiers de Sisteron), Paleogalerie (in Salignac) and Station de Ski Reallon (in Reallon). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Arnoux, step into the grandiose world of Citadelle Vauban, and get outside with Ressources Parapente.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gap travel route app.

Getting from Nice to Gap by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Orcieres.

Things to do in Gap

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Orcieres

— 1 night
Lac de Saint-Apollinaire has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Saint-Apollinaire.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Orcieres online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Gap to Orcieres by car takes about an hour. In December, daytime highs in Orcieres are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. You will leave for Grenoble on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Orcieres

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Grenoble

— 1 night

Capital of the Alps

At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Montagne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Saint Andre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de Notre Dame, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de Grenoble.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grenoble driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Orcieres to Grenoble takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Grenoble are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums · Historic Sites

Annecy

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy and then explore the world behind art at Conservatoire Art et Histoire. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get outside with Le Thiou, make a trip to Le Paquier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ile des Cygnes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally make a trip to Notre-Dame de Liesse.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Grenoble to Annecy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Annecy sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Chamonix

— 1 night

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 2nd (Sun), stroll through Ecorider Ski School, take an in-depth tour of Musee Alpin, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix planning tool.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Chamonix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.