21 days in France & Lausanne Itinerary

21 days in France & Lausanne Itinerary

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gap, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Strasbourg, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stop by La Petite France, then slough off your stress at Hammam et Traditions, and then find something for the whole family at Parc Animalier Friedel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Les Confitures du Climont, head outdoors with Cascade du Hohwald, then stroll through La Volerie des Aigles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Paul.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Strasbourg road trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Strasbourg is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Strasbourg, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Parks · Wildlife · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 4th (Sun), delve into the lush surroundings at l'Arboretum du Vallon de l'Aubonne, don't miss a visit to Rolex Learning Center EPFL, then step aboard La Suisse - Belle Epoque - paddle steamboat, and finally walk around Parc Olympique. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Sauvabelin Forest, don't miss a visit to Sauvabelin Tower, then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally appreciate the history behind Thai Pavilion.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lausanne trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Lausanne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. You will leave for Chamonix on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Chamonix, France

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Tue), get outside with Mountain Lifestyle, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and then head outdoors with Lac Bleu. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Base de Loisirs du Lac de Passy, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace, then admire the sheer force of Cascade de Chedde, and finally get outside with Les Gorges de la Diosaz.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chamonix trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Lausanne to Chamonix takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Fier, get outside with Le Thiou, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Brune. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Roc de Chere, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade d'Angon, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sevrier, and finally head off the coast to Ile des Cygnes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Annecy tour planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Annecy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. July in Annecy sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Gap.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Gap, France

— 2 nights
Gap is a commune in southeastern France, the capital and largest town of the Hautes-Alpes department. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at ESI Les Orres, cool off at Aquaparc embrun, then cool off at Waterworld, then explore the activities along Lac de Saint-Apollinaire, and finally head outdoors with Lac de Serre-Poncon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Domaine de Charance, then head outdoors with Passion Ski, then walk around Parc Jardin Bernard Givaudan, and finally learn more about the world around you at Musee Museum departemental des Hautes-Alpes.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Gap trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Annecy to Gap in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Gap

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 2 nights

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.
On the 12th (Mon), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the ancient world of Forteresse de Mornas. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre, then take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ile de la Barthelasse.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Gap to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 7 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.
Head to Saint Germain des Pres Quarter and Le Maraisfor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Ile Saint-Louis and Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Parc des Felins (in Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux), France Miniature (in Elancourt) and World of Disney (in Chessy). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

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Getting from Avignon to Paris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.