15 days in France, Turin & Geneva Itinerary

15 days in France, Turin & Geneva Itinerary

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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Turin, Italy
— 3 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Lille, France
— 1 night


Montpellier, France — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St. Pierre.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Montpellier trip planner.

Lille to Montpellier is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Lille in May, with highs in Montpellier at 26°C and lows at 14°C. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, surround yourself with nature on Trolib, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille itinerary planner.

You can drive from Montpellier to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 nights

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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Nice by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turin.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas
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Turin, Italy — 3 nights

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Get out of town with these interesting Turin side-trips: Milan (Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Duomo di Milano, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Egizio, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, examine the collection at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and take in nature's colorful creations at Parco del Valentino.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Turin vacation planner.

You can drive from Nice to Turin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in May, things will get little chillier in Turin: highs are around 20°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

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You can drive from Turin to Geneva in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Lille.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Lille, France — 1 night

On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, make a trip to Grande Place, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Etienne, and finally explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lille trip planning site.

You can take a train from Geneva to Lille in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in Lille, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums
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France travel guide

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.