30 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

30 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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30 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Perouges, France
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Perouges, France
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
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Le Puy-en-Velay, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Clermont-Ferrand, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Grenoble, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Grignan, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Chambery, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
10
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Perouges, France

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Perouges, France

Perouges ©
Pérouges is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France. Cite medievale de Perouges and Maison Ravier will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Musee Traditions et Vie and EARL des Pampilles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perouges: Site Archéologique de Larina (in Hieres-sur-Amby), Cascade de la roche (in Charette) and Etang de Boulieu (in Saint-Baudille-de-la-Tour). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine de Perouges, take an in-depth tour of Musee du Vieux Perouges, make a splash at Aquaparc Vallee Bleue, and steep yourself in history at Maison de la Pierre et du Ciment.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Perouges online driving holiday planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport, Chambéry-Savoie Airport and Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport. June in Perouges sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Le Puy-en-Velay.

Things to do in Perouges

Historic Sites Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne, Morestel, Montalieu-Vercieu, EARL des Pampilles, Cascade de la roche
Highlights from your plan
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Site Archéologique de Larina ©
Site Archéologique de Larina

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Le Puy-en-Velay, France

Le Puy-en-Velay ©
On the 22nd (Sat), stop by Espace Pages. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Gerbier de Jonc, see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Ecole, take some stellar pictures from Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Abbatiale, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye de la Chaise-Dieu.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Le Puy-en-Velay day trip website .

Traveling by car from Perouges to Le Puy-en-Velay takes 2.5 hours. In June in Le Puy-en-Velay, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Le Puy-en-Velay

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Mont Gerbier de Jonc, Musee de l'Ecole, Pont Vieux, Ferme des Freres Perrel, Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude
Highlights from your plan
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe ©
Chapelle St. Michel d'Aiguilhe
Statue de Notre Dame de France ©
Statue de Notre Dame de France
Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude ©
Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude

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Clermont-Ferrand, France

Clermont-Ferrand ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, then get impressive views of Puy-de-Dome, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame d'Orcival. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port, try out the rides at Vulcania, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Leger, then contemplate the geological forces at Le Puy du Pariou, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame de Chamalieres.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Clermont-Ferrand trip planner .

Drive from Le Puy-en-Velay to Clermont-Ferrand in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Side Trips

Moulin Richard de Bas, Notre-Dame d'Orcival, Eglise Notre-Dame de Chamalieres, Chateau de Montmorin, Vulcania
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption ©
Moulin Richard de Bas ©
Moulin Richard de Bas
Notre-Dame d'Orcival ©
Notre-Dame d'Orcival

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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
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. On the 27th (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at L'Arche de Noe and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Bois de Paiolive, then do a tasting at Chateau de la Selve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, and finally make a trip to Gorges de l'Ardeche.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vallon-Pont-d'Arc vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Clermont-Ferrand to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in June, expect Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Annecy.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, Grotte de Saint Marcel, Domaine Lavandais - Musee de la Lavande, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Chateau de la Selve
Highlights from your plan
Bois de Paiolive ©
Bois de Paiolive
Natural History Museum of The Ardeche ©
Le Pont d'Arc ©
Le Pont d'Arc

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Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 30th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Plages de Saint Jorioz, identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, then work some fitness into your day at Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy, and finally don't miss a visit to Pont des Amours. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Brevent Cable Car, hit the slopes at Mountain Twister, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade d'Angon.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip planner .

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Annecy in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in June, expect Annecy to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 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

Side Trips

Plages de Saint Jorioz, Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, Plage de la Brune, Brevent Cable Car, Mountain Twister
Highlights from your plan
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car
Mountain Twister ©
Mountain Twister
Plage de la Brune ©
Plage de la Brune

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Grenoble, France

Grenoble ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, then see the interesting displays at Chocolaterie Jouvenal, and then fly down the slopes at Telepherique des Glaciers de la Meije - SATG. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, examine the collection at Musee de la Revolution Francaise, see the interesting displays at Musee International de la Chaussure (International Footwear Museum), then get engrossed in the history at Musee Dauphinois, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grenoble trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Annecy to Grenoble in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Grenoble, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grignan.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Chocolaterie Jouvenal, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Musee de la Revolution Francaise, Musee International de la Chaussure (International Footwear Museum)
Highlights from your plan

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Grignan, France

Grignan ©
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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, delve into the distant past at Forteresse de Mornas, examine the collection at Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grignan, then explore the striking landscape at Foret de Saou, and finally contemplate the long history of Commanderie de l'Ordre des Hospitaliers.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Grignan using our trip planner.

You can drive from Grenoble to Grignan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grenoble in July, with highs in Grignan at 36°C and lows at 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

Side Trips

Montelimar, Roman Theatre of Orange, Village de Mirmande, Foret de Saou, Forteresse de Mornas
Highlights from your plan
Forteresse de Mornas ©
Forteresse de Mornas
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan
Le Chaudron d'Or ©
Le Chaudron d'Or

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Chambery, France

Chambery ©
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): contemplate the long history of Abbaye d'Hautecombe and then explore the historical opulence of Fort Barraux. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Longpra, then take an in-depth tour of Maison d’Izieu, and finally trek along Domaine randonnee Savoie Grand Revard.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chambery online road trip planner .

Getting from Grignan to Chambery by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Chambery, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise.

Things to do in Chambery

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Savoie Grand Revard, Fort Barraux, Chateau de Longpra, Maison d’Izieu, Abbaye d'Hautecombe
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye d'Hautecombe ©
Abbaye d'Hautecombe
Site Naturel du Cirque de Saint-Meme ©
Maison d’Izieu ©
Maison d’Izieu

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Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise, France

Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get outside with Lac Pavin and then examine the collection at Musee de la Tanerie. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Cascade de Vaucoux, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Murol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, then explore the fascinating underground world of Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Ferreol, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Cascade des Veyrines.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise day trip planner .

You can drive from Chambery to Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise in 4 hours. July in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. 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 Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Nectaire, Murol, Cascade des Veyrines, Musee de la Tanerie
Highlights from your plan
Lac Pavin ©
Lac Pavin
Eglise de Saint-Nectaire ©
Eglise de Saint-Nectaire
Chateau de Murol ©
Chateau de Murol

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Bains des Paquis and then examine the collection at Chateau de Penthes. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Port-Choiseul, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Nyon, see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, then wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge, and finally don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Maccabees.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva visit planning tool .

Drive from Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise to Geneva in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Chateau de Nyon, Vieux-Carouge
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Port-Choiseul ©
Plage de Port-Choiseul
Chateau de Nyon ©
Chateau de Nyon
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum