55 days in France Itinerary

55 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Lyon
— 6 nights
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Grenoble
— 7 nights
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Chamonix
— 6 nights
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Menton
— 6 nights
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Cannes
— 8 nights
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Andon
— 2 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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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: make a trip to Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris sightseeing app.

Montreal, Canada to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Paris. In February, Paris is warmer than Montreal - with highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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 (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Musee Magnin, &more) and Les Caves de l'Abbaye (in Beaune). There's still lots to do: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, look for gifts at Epsilon Vega, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip builder site.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Lyon are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grenoble.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grenoble

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grenoble: Lanslebourg Mont Cenis (Les Massages de Laurent - Bien Etre et Soins & Lac du Mont-Cenis), Monte Chaberton (in Briancon) and ESF Oz en Oisans (in Oz en Oisans). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Firstrax Ski & Snowboard School, stroll through Reflex Ski School, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, and explore the world behind art at Musee de Grenoble.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grenoble trip planning tool.

Drive from Lyon to Grenoble in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lyon in February since evenings lows in Grenoble dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Grenoble

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chamonix: ESI Grand Massif (in Les Carroz-d'Araches), Val Sports (in Manigod) and Esf la Clusaz (in La Clusaz). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, hit the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and take some stellar pictures from Brevent Cable Car.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Chamonix route planner.

You can drive from Grenoble to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Menton.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Menton

— 6 nights

Pearl of France

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Promenade Maurice Rouvier (in Beaulieu-sur-Mer) and Eze (Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, La cité médiévale, &more). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins Bioves, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Visite Confiturerie Herbin, and go for a stroll along the water at Port de Garavan.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Menton online visit planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Menton by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March in Menton, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Menton

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Cannes

— 8 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook, Vieille Ville, &more), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Old Harbor (La Darse) (in Villefranche-sur-Mer). Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Lérins Islands, take a stroll through La Croisette, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, and get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip builder tool.

You can drive from Menton to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Andon.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Andon

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Presbytère, steep yourself in history at Moulin a farine d'Entrevaux, look for gifts at La Pain D'Epicerie, don't miss a visit to Porte Royale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Le Spa des Delices.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Andon trip planning app.

Drive from Cannes to Andon in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Andon can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Andon

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 6 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Les Balcons du Cap Roux (in Saint-Raphael), Brocante Au Bucheron (in Saint-Aygulf) and Frejus (Parc Areca Jardin Botanique, Memorial des Guerres en Indochine, &more). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tanaka Spa, explore by horseback at La Mene, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Certosa di La Verne, and experience rural life at Domaine du Jasson.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saint-Tropez day trip planning website.

You can drive from Andon to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. March in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Marseille

— 5 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 (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes), Bambous En Provence (in Eyragues) and Cassis (Cape Canaille & Trolib). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, hike along Foret de Roustagnon, get outside with Ile du Gaou, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. March in Marseille sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

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.