47 days in France Itinerary

47 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 4 nights
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Val Thorens
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 6 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Chenonceaux
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Etretat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train
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Reims
— 4 nights
Train
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Strasbourg
— 5 nights
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Chamonix

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Aiguille du Midi and Dje Snowboard. Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Aperigloo Megeve (in Megeve) and Lake Annecy (in Annecy). There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Tunnel du Mont-Blanc, fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and make a trip to Glacier des Bossons.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix trip app.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Chamonix is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuwait City to Chamonix is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Val Thorens

— 3 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Visiting Ski Cool and Prosneige will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Val Thorens: Meribel (La Piste des Animaux, Elements Park, &more), Courchevel (Sweet Snowsports & SnowLimits Ski School) and Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Tania (in La Tania). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Maison des Guides et de la Montagne Val Thorens, pick up some new knowledge with Ecole de Ski Prosneige, and stroll through Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Val Thorens online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Chamonix to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:
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Avignon

— 4 nights

City of Popes

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Palais des Papes and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll explore and learn at Musee Calvet and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais, see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Secrets de l’Orient.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Val Thorens to Avignon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Avignon, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:

Aix-en-Provence

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Visiting Parc National des Calanques and Trolib will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Granet and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Bandol (Villa des Flo & Sentier Littoral), Marseille (The Panier, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more) and Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet). There's more to do: wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau and take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence route maker.

You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Avignon in December: high temperatures in Aix-en-Provence hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Nice

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Visiting Lérins Islands and Palmes Beach will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Musee de la Carte Postale (in Antibes), Menton (Visite Confiturerie Herbin & La Salle des Mariages) and Cannes (Gare Maritime, La Croisette, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts, and wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:

Carcassonne

— 4 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Let the collections at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Musee De L'ecole capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Cité de Carcassonne and O'Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Albi (Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Palais de la Berbie, &more) and Mirepoix (Bastide de Mirepoix & Place Marechal Leclerc). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and ponder the design of Place Carnot.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne journey planner.

Getting from Nice to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in January, expect Carcassonne to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Chenonceaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Chenonceaux

— 1 night
Situated in the valley of the river Cher within the tributary of the Loire, Chenonceaux has a unique location in the Touraine-Chenonceaux wine-growing area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): do a tasting at Troglo Degusto, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then indulge your taste buds at Caves du Pere Auguste.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Chenonceaux vacation planner.

Fly from Carcassonne to Chenonceaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in January, expect nights in Chenonceaux to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Chenonceaux

Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get a sense of the local culture at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Mont Saint-Michel. You'll explore and learn at Memorial de Caen and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Venture out of the city with trips to Honfleur (Pont de Normandie, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Omaha Beach, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Bayeux online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Chenonceaux to Bayeux by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Etretat

— 2 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval, take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, then make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at 1 Air de Zen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Chemin des Sources Bleues, get outside with Le Fleuve La Veules, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite).

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Etretat journey builder website.

Drive from Bayeux to Etretat in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Etretat are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Paris

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Le Marais, tour the pleasant surroundings at Île de la Cité, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Paris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Reims

— 4 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais du Tau and Hotel Le Vergeur Museum. Let the collections at Musee des Beaux-Arts and Champagne Henry de Vaugency capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Reims side-trips: Epernay (Moet et Chandon & Paul-Etienne Saint Germain), Champagne Domi Moreau (in Mancy) and Champagne Jacques Copin (in Verneuil). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, stop by Cite du Champagne, do a tasting at Champagne Michel Bahuchet Pere et Fils, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Reims trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Reims takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Reims are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 28:

Strasbourg

— 5 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
La Petite France and Vin d'Alsace HORCHER are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg and Palais de Rohan. Explore Strasbourg's surroundings by going to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim), Kuentz-Bas (in Husseren-les-Chateaux) and Colmar (Alsace Original Experiences, Little Venice, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg.

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You can take a train from Reims to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

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.