36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Lyon
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Lyon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 7 nights
Fly
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Strasbourg
— 6 nights
Fly
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
Train
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Paris
— 7 nights
Fly

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Lyon

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Parc de la Tete d'Or. Venture out of the city with trips to Surane Spa (in Montbonnot-Saint-Martin), La Roche de Solutre (in Solutre-Pouilly) and Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Musee de Grenoble). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip itinerary maker app.

Charlotte, USA to Lyon is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in December: highs in Lyon hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Val Thorens

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Attractions like Ski Cool and Aiguille du Midi make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Val Thorens side-trips: Elements Park (in Meribel), Macot-la-Plagne (Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, Reflex Ski School, &more) and Spas (in Chamonix). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: expand your horizons at Prosneige and hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Val Thorens online itinerary planner.

Drive from Lyon to Val Thorens in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

5
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Marseille

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.
Family-friendly places like Palais des Papes and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Avignon (Musee Calvet & Pont d'Avignon), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales (in Bandol). The adventure continues: stop by Le village des Tortues, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, view the masterpieces at Villa Noailles, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Marseille driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Marseille in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Val Thorens in December, expect Marseille to be a bit warmer, temps between 56°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

7
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Nice

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.
Family-friendly places like Lérins Islands and Vieille Ville will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Marché provençal, Musee Picasso, &more), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Place Massena, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, walk around Le Jardin Albert 1er, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Strasbourg

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.
Bring the kids along to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Place Stanislas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy (in Nancy), Eglise Sainte-Foy (in Selestat) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of La Petite France, make a trip to Passerelle Miro, stop by Little Venice, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg road trip tool.

Fly from Nice to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in January, expect Strasbourg to be slightly colder, temps between 42°F and 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

On the 13th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Futuroscope.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chasseneuil-du-Poitou holiday app.

Traveling by flight from Strasbourg to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

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Paris

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.
Kids will enjoy Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles & Palace of Versailles). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and visit Le Marais.

To find out how to plan a trip to Paris, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.