12 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

12 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Lyon, France
— 3 nights


Paris, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday planner.

London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Paris is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.
Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Strasbourg, France — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Strasbourg: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller), Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town) and Vieille ville d'Eguisheim (in Eguisheim). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, wander the streets of La Petite France, stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, and identify plant and animal life at La Volerie des Aigles.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Paris to Strasbourg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or drive. November in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Geneva, Switzerland — 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Bern (Rathaus Bern, The Cathedral of Bern, &more), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Montreux (Montreux Lakeside & Freddie Mercury Statue). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Geneva takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lyon.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Lyon, France — 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and finally look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then don't miss a visit to La Longue Traboule, and finally stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lyon vacation builder app.

You can drive from Geneva to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Lyon are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.