30 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

30 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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Perouges, France
— 9 nights
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Le Puy-en-Velay, France
— 2 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand, France
— 3 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France
— 3 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Grenoble, France
— 2 nights
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Grignan, France
— 2 nights
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Chambery, France
— 2 nights
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Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise, France
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Perouges, France

— 9 nights
Pérouges is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France. Explore hidden gems such as Cite medievale de Perouges and Abbaye Notre-Dame-des-Dombes. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Perouges and Musee Traditions et Vie. Explore Perouges' surroundings by going to Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour (Etang de Boulieu & Cascade de la Roche), Morestel (Maison du Pays des Couleurs & Maison Ravier) and Site Archéologique de Larina (in Hieres-sur-Amby). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Musee du Vieux Perouges, contemplate the long history of Maison de la Pierre et du Ciment, relax in the rural setting at Ferme des Pampilles, and have fun at Aquadombes.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Perouges online trip itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport, Chambéry-Savoie Airport and Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport. In June, daytime highs in Perouges are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You will leave for Le Puy-en-Velay on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Perouges

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Le Puy-en-Velay, France

— 2 nights
On the 22nd (Sat), stop by Espace Pages. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mont Gerbier de Jonc, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Ecole, admire the landmark architecture of Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Abbatiale, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de la Chaise-Dieu.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Le Puy-en-Velay route planning tool.

Drive from Perouges to Le Puy-en-Velay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Le Puy-en-Velay are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Clermont-Ferrand, France

— 3 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, make a trip to Puy-de-Dome Volcano, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame d'Orcival. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port, find something for the whole family at Vulcania, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Leger, then get impressive views of Le Puy du Pariou, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame de Chamalieres.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Clermont-Ferrand sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Le Puy-en-Velay to Clermont-Ferrand in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Clermont-Ferrand, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France

— 3 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): paddle through the water with L'Arche de Noe and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Bois de Paiolive, learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Selve, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip tool.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in June; daily highs in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
On the 30th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Plages de Saint Jorioz, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, then grab your bike and head to Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy, and finally take in the views from Pont des Amours. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, hit the slopes at Mountain Twister, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade d'Angon.

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You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Annecy in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In June, Annecy is little chillier than Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Grenoble.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grenoble, France

— 2 nights

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 2nd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and then examine the collection at Chocolaterie Jouvenal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): examine the collection at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Revolution Francaise, then see the interesting displays at Musee International de la Chaussure (International Footwear Museum), then take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grenoble road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Grenoble can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Grignan.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Grignan, France

— 2 nights
Grignan is a commune in the Drôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France.It has a magnificent Renaissance castle and is mentioned in the letters that Madame de Sévigné wrote to her daughter, Madame de Grignan, in the 17th century.GeographyGrignan is located in the south of the Drôme department, near the border of the neighbouring Vaucluse department, and close to Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence.To visit Grignan, take the A7 autoroute and use either exit #18, Montélimar Sud, or #19, Bollène.AgricultureThe main crops produced in the area are lavender, truffles, wheat, and sunflowers. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at La Danse des Iris and then pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, delve into the distant past at Forteresse de Mornas, see the interesting displays at Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur, then get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Grignan, then take a peaceful walk through Foret de Saou, and finally steep yourself in history at Commanderie de l'Ordre des Hospitaliers.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grignan tour planner.

Getting from Grenoble to Grignan by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grenoble in July; daily highs in Grignan reach 36°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Chambery.

Things to do in Grignan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Chambery, France

— 2 nights
Chambéry is a city in the department of Savoie, located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.It is the capital of the department and has been the historical capital of the Savoy region since the 13th century, when Amadeus V, Count of Savoy, made the city his seat of power.Together with other Alpine towns Chambéry engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye d'Hautecombe and then explore the historical opulence of Fort Barraux. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme, then examine the collection at Chateau de Longpra, then cruise along Maison d’Izieu, and finally trek along Savoie Grand Revard.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chambery sightseeing planner.

Getting from Grignan to Chambery by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Chambery, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise.

Things to do in Chambery

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise, France

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Mon), head outdoors with Lac Pavin and then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tanerie. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Cascade de Vaucoux, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Murol, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, admire the local landmark of Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Ferreol, and finally admire the sheer force of Cascade des Veyrines.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Chambery to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Geneva.

Things to do in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 10th (Wed), kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis and then see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Plage de Port-Choiseul, examine the collection at Chateau de Nyon, see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana, then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, then wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, and finally make a trip to Chapel of the Maccabees.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise to Geneva in 4 hours. In July in Geneva, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.