44 days in France Itinerary

44 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 7 nights
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Morzine
— 3 nights
Drive
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Annecy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 7 nights

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Bordeaux

— 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Rocher de la Vierge (in Biarritz) and La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, explore the world behind art at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online trip itinerary maker.

Paris to Bordeaux is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. April in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Trolib (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nice

— 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chamonix side-trips: Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (Chevrerie Au Coeur de Montjoie, Chapelle des Chattrix, &more), Megeve (Le Chemin du Calvaire & Skiprosmegeve) and Notre Dame de l'Assomption (in Cordon). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, stroll through Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, explore the different monuments and memorials at Chamonix Cemetery, and hit the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix vacation planner.

You can drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Morzine.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Morzine

— 3 nights
Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Morzine: L'Escargotiere d'Arno (in Mieussy), Chartreuse de Melan (in Taninges) and La Chevrerie d'Antan (in Manigod). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Chateaux des Allinges, hit the slopes at Billski Ski School, see the interesting displays at The Chablais Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-dame de l'Assomption.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Morzine road trip website.

You can drive from Chamonix to Morzine in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Morzine

Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Annecy

— 5 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Explore Annecy's surroundings by going to Oxygene Ski School La Plagne (in Macot-la-Plagne), Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere (in Grenoble) and Val Thorens (Prosneige, Ski Cool, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Annecy Lake Safari, and pause for some photo ops at Claude Louis Berthollet.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Annecy tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Morzine to Annecy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Annecy, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Lyon

— 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Dijon (Musee Magnin & Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon). There's still lots to do: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lyon tour planner.

Getting from Annecy to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Paris

— 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, stop by Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Haute-Savoie travel guide

4.2
Mountains · Bodies of Water · Landmarks
Well-known for its winter sports and holiday destinations, including some of the country's best ski resorts, Haute-Savoie is a department in the Rhône-Alpes region bordering both Switzerland and Italy. You will find Lake Geneva and Switzerland to the north, the Aravis mountain ranges are southeast, and Mont Blanc, with the famous Mont Blanc Tunnel that crosses the border into Italy, to the south. This mountainous department offers great outdoor sightseeing, and has a large range of elevations from its low river valleys to its high peaks. These helped to create the second largest lake in France, Lake Annecy, and some of the best water in the world, such as Evian mineral water.