59 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

59 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 6 nights
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Haguenau, France
— 7 nights
Drive to Strasbourg Airport, Fly to Paris
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Orleans, France
— 7 nights
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Laval, France
— 7 nights
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Rennes, France
— 7 nights
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Nantes, France
— 7 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 8 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva holiday planning website.

Seville, Spain to Geneva is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Seville in July, things will get a bit cooler in Geneva: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. You will leave for Annecy on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Nightlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Annecy, France

— 6 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Annecy attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Annecy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Annecy, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 9th (Fri), you're off to Haguenau.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Haguenau, France

— 7 nights
Haguenau is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department of France, of which it is a sub-prefecture.It is second in size in the Bas-Rhin only to Strasbourg, some 30km to the south. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haguenau: Chateau Fort de Fleckenstein (in Lembach), Chapelle des Cordeliers (in Sarrebourg) and Fort De Schoenenbourg (in Hunspach). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Georges, examine the collection at Le Moulin de la Blies, make a trip to Tour Panoramique du Grand Wintersberg, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Haut-Barr.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Haguenau driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Haguenau takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July in Haguenau, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Haguenau

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Giverny to see Fondation Claude Monet about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Haguenau to Paris with the Route module. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Orleans.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Orleans, France

— 7 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Explore Orleans' surroundings by going to Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux), Cave des Producteurs de Montlouis (in Montlouis-sur-Loire) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, and stroll through Loire a Velo Cycle Path.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Orleans itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Orleans takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Laval.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Laval, France

— 7 nights
Laval is a town in western France, about 300km west-southwest of Paris, and the capital of the Mayenne department. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Laval: Le Mans City (Palais des Thes, Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, &more), Eglise Saint-Germain (in Argentan) and Falaise (Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant & Automates Avenue). There's still lots to do: go deep underground at La Mine Bleue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Venerand, make a trip to Centre Historique du Vitre, and snap pictures at Pont Vieux (Old Bridge).

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Laval journey builder site.

Getting from Orleans to Laval by car takes about 3 hours. July in Laval sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Laval

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rennes, France

— 7 nights
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rennes: Memorial de Caen (in Caen), Mont-Saint-Michel (Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, Mont Saint-Michel, &more) and Bayeux (Cave Cidricole Lecornu, Bayeux War Cemetery, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Rocambole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Toussaints, and walk around Parc du Thabor.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rennes trip builder app.

You can drive from Laval to Rennes in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Rennes can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 7 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nantes: Centre Historique de Vannes (in Vannes), Carnac (Dolmens de Mane Kerioned & Carnac stones) and La Rochelle (Phare du Bout du Monde, Aquarium La Rochelle, &more). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Puy du Fou, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, explore the ancient world of Dolmen du Mane Lud, and shop like a local with Passage Pommeraye.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nantes visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rennes to Nantes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 8 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Biarritz (Rocher de la Vierge & Aquarium de Biarritz), Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (in Bidart) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bridoire, and get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Nantes to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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.