42 days in Italy, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bologna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Busto Arsizio, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Cannes, France
— 2 nights
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Dunkirk, France
— 2 nights
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Le Havre, France
— 3 nights
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Caen, France
— 3 nights
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Le Mans City, France
— 2 nights
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Tours, France
— 2 nights
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Saint-Etienne, France
— 2 nights
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Mulhouse, France
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 3 nights
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Alessandria, Italy
— 3 nights
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Naples, Italy
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Rome, Italy — 2 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vatican Museums, then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, then take in panoramic vistas at Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, make a trip to Piazza Navona, then delve into the distant past at Pantheon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant'Ignazio di Loyola.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rome trip planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport and Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Signoria, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts, take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, then don't miss a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally explore the world behind art at Pitti Palace.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bologna.
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Bologna, Italy — 2 nights

Heart of Italian Cuisine

A city famous for its cuisine, Bologna is the seat of the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Petronio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica - Santuario di Santo Stefano, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Domenico, contemplate the long history of Piazza Maggiore, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore, and finally make a trip to Le Due Torri Torre degli Asinell. On the next day, sample the fine beverages at Acetaia Giuseppe Giusti, examine the collection at Museo Ferrari, then examine the collection at Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti, and finally examine the collection at MEF-Museo Enzo Ferrari.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bologna sightseeing planning app.

Take a train from Florence to Bologna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Bologna, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, take an in-depth tour of La Sala delle Asse, then steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Il Cenacolo, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano.

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Take a train from Bologna to Milan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Milan sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Busto Arsizio.
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Busto Arsizio, Italy — 2 nights

Busto Arsizio is a city and comune, in the province of Varese, in the region of Lombardy, in northern Italy, 34km north of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant'Edoardo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Ducale, then have fun and explore at Volandia Parco e Museo del Volo Malpensa, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Madonna in Prato. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Agusta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta, then examine the collection at Museo Fisogni, then examine the collection at Museo della Motocicletta Frera, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario del Crocifisso.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Busto Arsizio holiday maker.

Drive from Milan to Busto Arsizio in an hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Milan in June since evenings lows in Busto Arsizio dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lausanne.
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Lausanne, Switzerland — 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 11th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, and then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, and then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World.

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Traveling by car from Busto Arsizio to Lausanne takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and then take a stroll through Le Suquet. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cannes trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Lausanne to Cannes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Dunkirk.
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Dunkirk, France — 2 nights

Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): kick back and relax at Plage de Malo-les-Bains, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Musee Portuaire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Omer Cathedrale, examine the collection at Blockhaus d'Eperlecques, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame Boulogne-Sur-Mer, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Musee du Mur de l'Atlantique.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunkirk online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Dunkirk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Cannes in June: high temperatures in Dunkirk hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Le Havre.
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Le Havre, France — 3 nights

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Rue du Gros-Horloge are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and Appartement Temoin. Get out of town with these interesting Le Havre side-trips: Honfleur (Naturospace, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more) and Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc (in Rouen). There's lots more to do: see the top attractions with Navigation Normande - Le Havre, admire the landmark architecture of Villa Nordique, explore the world behind art at Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa, and steep yourself in history at Tour des Dockers.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Le Havre trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dunkirk to Le Havre takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. June in Le Havre sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 20th (Tue), you'll travel to Caen.
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Caen, France — 3 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
You'll explore and learn at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Pegasus Memorial. Do some cultural sightseeing at Normandy American Cemetery and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (D-Day Monument & Omaha Beach). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye aux Dames, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Caen, and make a trip to Abbaye aux Hommes.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Caen itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Le Havre to Caen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Le Mans City.
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Le Mans City, France — 2 nights

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
On the 23rd (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet, join the crowd at Circuit permanent des 24 Heures du Mans, then see the interesting displays at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Abbaye Royale de L'Epau. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, then get to know the fascinating history of La Nuit des Chimeres, then surround yourself with nature on Sled Dog Ride, and finally relax in the rural setting at Le Paradis de la Charnie.

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Getting from Caen to Le Mans City by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tours.
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Tours, France — 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 25th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then appreciate the history behind Basilique Saint-Julien, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Compagnonnage.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tours online trip builder.

Drive from Le Mans City to Tours in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Saint-Etienne.
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Saint-Etienne, France — 2 nights

Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Planetarium de Saint-Etienne, then examine the collection at Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Musee de la mine, and finally examine the collection at Musee des Verts. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari de Peaugres and then explore the ancient world of Theatre Romain (Antique).

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Etienne trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Tours to Saint-Etienne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Mulhouse.
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Mulhouse, France — 2 nights

An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Vauban Fortifications, then see the interesting displays at Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf, and then see the interesting displays at Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, contemplate the long history of Hartmannswillerkopf, and then identify plant and animal life at Ecomusee d'Alsace.

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Traveling by flight from Saint-Etienne to Mulhouse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Mulhouse can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 1st (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rosengart Collection, and then get a new perspective on things with Peakdivers. On your second day here, visit Old Town, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich online vacation maker.

You can drive from Mulhouse to Zurich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Zurich, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly to Turin.
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Turin, Italy — 3 nights

City of Magic

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Egizio and Basilica di Superga. Visit Duomo di Torino e Cappella della Sacra Sindone and Palazzo Reale Di Torino for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Turin side-trips: Reggia Di Reale (in Venaria Reale), Aosta (Teatro Romano & Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso) and Castello di Fenis (in Fenis). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museo Nazionale del Cinema, don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario della Consolata, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Maria Ausiliatrice.

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Traveling by flight from Zurich to Turin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zurich in July since evenings lows in Turin dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Alessandria.
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Alessandria, Italy — 3 nights

Alessandria is a city and comune in Piedmont, Italy, and the capital of the Province of Alessandria. Get some cultural insight at AcdB Museo - Alessandria Citta delle Biciclette and La Bollente. You'll explore and learn at Museo delle Divise Militari and Museo del Violino. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Dei Santi Alessandro E Carlo, get engrossed in the history at Museo Marengo, examine the collection at Museo del Cappello Borsalino, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Turin to Alessandria takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Naples.
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Naples, Italy — 3 nights

Naples is the capital of the Italian region Campania and the third-largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan. Get some cultural insight at Duomo di Ravello and Villa Cimbrone Gardens. Get some historical perspective at Villa Rufolo and Duomo di Sant'Andrea. Take a break from Naples with a short trip to Ceramiche Cosmolena di Margherita di Palma in Ravello, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Museo Cappella Sansevero, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Museo di Santa Luciella ai Librai, see the interesting displays at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, and get curious at MUSA - Museo Universitario delle Scienze e delle Arti.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Naples trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Alessandria to Naples takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Alessandria in July: high temperatures in Naples hover around 36°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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France travel guide

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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.
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