48 days in France Itinerary

48 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lyon
— 6 nights
Fly
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Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 8 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 8 nights
Fly

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Chamonix

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Megeve (Skiprosmegeve & Les Portes du Mont-Blanc) and Église Saint-Nicolas de Véroce (in Saint-Nicolas-de-Veroce). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, see the interesting displays at Crystal Museum, fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Kotor, Montenegro to Chamonix is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Val Thorens

— 5 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Val Thorens: Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere (in Val d'Isere), Macot-la-Plagne (Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, Oxygene Ski School La Plagne, &more) and Tignes (The Development Centre - Tignes & Snowtubing Tignes). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Ski Cool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Snowdlight Ski School, get outside with 6km Toboggan Run Val Thorens, and pick up some new knowledge with Prosneige.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Val Thorens route maker site.

Getting from Chamonix to Val Thorens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Lyon

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Parcours Aventure (in Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte), Grenoble (Musee de l'Ancien Eveche, Musee de Grenoble, &more) and Parc Naturel Regional Du Vercors (in Lans-en-Vercors). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the local landmark of La Place des Jacobins, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip maker website.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Lyon are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Rouen.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rouen: Deauville Beach (in Deauville City), Honfleur (Vieux Bassin & Saint Catherine's Catholic Church) and Etretat (Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde & Falaises d'Etretat). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, look for gifts at Loho Le Local Shop, and make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen road trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Rouen by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Rouen are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Paris

— 8 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 landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and shop like a local with Le Marais.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Paris visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in Paris, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Carcassonne

— 6 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Tout Ce Qui Brille (in Pezenas), S Room Agency (in Montauban) and Toulouse (Le Capitole, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne vacation maker website.

You can fly from Paris to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in February, you will find days in Carcassonne are a bit warmer (13°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille

— 6 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Parc du Mugel, &more), Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by The Panier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Mai, and stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Marseille travel route planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Le Nomade, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more), Cannes (Casino Barriere Le Croisette & La Croisette) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, deepen your understanding at Institut de Francais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. March in Nice sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · 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.