22 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

22 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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22 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
3
Toulouse, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Marseille, France
— 1 night
6
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
8
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
9
Troyes, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Cape Town, South Africa

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Eiffel Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, wander the streets of Trocadero, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Louis Vuitton, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

2
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), wander the streets of Port of the Moon, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, then view the masterpieces at Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee d'Aquitaine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Saint Ahon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Notre-Dame.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux tour planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Musee du Vin et du Negoce ©
Musee du Vin et du Negoce
Musee d'Aquitaine ©
Musee d'Aquitaine
Chateau du Taillan ©
Chateau du Taillan

3
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathar Castles and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Get some historical perspective at Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Comtal. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Fondation Bemberg, take in the views from Pont Neuf, steep yourself in history at Hotel de Nupces, and make a trip to Marche Victor Hugo.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse trip planner .

Take a train from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Carcassonne
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Fondation Bemberg ©
Fondation Bemberg

2
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 27th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Ile de la Barthelasse, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Un Siecle de Roulottes, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get to know the fascinating history of Street of Dyers (Rue de Teinturiers), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Pierre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon travel planner .

Getting from Toulouse to Avignon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. December in Avignon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Un Siecle de Roulottes
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Ile de la Barthelasse ©
Ile de la Barthelasse
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Un Siecle de Roulottes ©
Un Siecle de Roulottes

1
night
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church and then wander the streets of The Panier.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Marseille online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in December, you will find days in Marseille are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais du Pharo ©
Palais du Pharo

3
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastère de Cimiez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Haut de Cagnes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of Thoronet.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tete de Chien, Villa Kerylos, Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, Abbey of Thoronet, Haut de Cagnes
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Monastère de Cimiez ©
Monastère de Cimiez
Abbey of Thoronet ©
Abbey of Thoronet
Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins ©
Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins

1
night
Chamonix, France

Chamonix ©
"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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Aiguilles Rouges, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Michel, and then examine the collection at Le Musee Alpin.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Nice to Chamonix takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Aiguilles Rouges ©
Aiguilles Rouges
Le Musee Alpin ©
Le Musee Alpin
Eglise Saint Michel ©
Eglise Saint Michel

1
day
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Musee Militaire Genevois.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Geneva trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Troyes.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums

Side Trip

Musee Militaire Genevois
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Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde
Musee Militaire Genevois ©
Musee Militaire Genevois

3
nights
Troyes, France

Troyes ©
Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Lili, see the interesting displays at Apothicairerie de l'hotel Dieu le Conte, see the interesting displays at Musee Vauluisant, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nicolas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Sainte-Madeleine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin du Presbytere, steep yourself in history at Commanderie d'Avalleur, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Urbain, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier, then examine the collection at Musee Saint-Loup, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Remy.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Troyes trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Troyes takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Troyes can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Le Jardin du Presbytere
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Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon ©
Eglise-Saint-Pantaleon
Commanderie d'Avalleur ©
Commanderie d'Avalleur
Église Sainte-Madeleine ©
Église Sainte-Madeleine

2
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, and then ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, examine the collection at Musee Marmottan Monet, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Arts Forains.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Troyes to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Musee Marmottan Monet ©
Musee Marmottan Monet

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