53 days in France Itinerary

53 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 8 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Grenoble
— 6 nights
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Val Thorens
— 5 nights
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Chamonix
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Rouen

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Explore Rouen's surroundings by going to Honfleur (Vieux Bassin, Pont de Normandie, &more), Deauville Beach (in Deauville City) and Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rouen trip itinerary website.

Manchester, UK to Rouen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In January in Rouen, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dijon (Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, Musee Magnin, &more), La Cave de l'Ange Gardien (in Beaune) and La Route des Sens (in Pusignan). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Grenoble

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grenoble: ULM Valmeinier (in Valmeinier), Rando Montagne (in Valloire) and 7 Laux ski (in La Ferriere). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee de Grenoble, stroll through Firstrax Ski & Snowboard School, view the masterpieces at Grotte De Glace, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Grenoble trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grenoble, with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Val Thorens: Macot-la-Plagne (Robino Sport - La Plagne Centre, Reflex Ski School, &more), The Development Centre - Tignes (in Tignes) and Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere (in Val d'Isere). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, hit the slopes at La Grave, relax and rejuvenate at Manalaya, and head outdoors with Gli'Air.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Val Thorens trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Grenoble to Val Thorens in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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: Skiprosmegeve (in Megeve), Grotte de Balme (in Magland) and ESI Grand Massif (in Les Carroz-d'Araches). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, examine the collection at Crystal Museum, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Chamonix trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Val Thorens to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Marché provençal, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more), Cannes (La Croisette & Notre Dame des Pins) and Le Mur des Amoureux de Peynet (in Le Cannet). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, gain insight at Institut de Francais, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take some stellar pictures from Mt Boron.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice journey planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. February in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and head outdoors with Ile du Gaou.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in February, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Montpellier (ZANDOLI & Cathedrale St-Pierre), S Room Agency (in Montauban) and Toulouse (Le Riad du Bien etre, Musee des Augustins, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Peyrepertuse, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Carnot.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne route planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.