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
Drive
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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
12
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 Aperigloo Megeve. Step out of Chamonix to go to Annecy and see Lake Annecy, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore the world behind art at Musee Alpin, fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, and take in the awesome beauty at 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.
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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 Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Tania and Snowdlight Ski School will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Val Thorens: Meribel (La Piste des Animaux, Elements Park, &more) and Courchevel (Sweet Snowsports & SnowLimits Ski School). There's still lots to do: see the winter wonderland with Ski Cool, hit the slopes at Ecole de Ski Prosneige, stroll through Maison des Guides et de la Montagne Val Thorens, and gear up at Prosneige.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Val Thorens trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

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 Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Calvet. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Espiguette Beach (in Le Grau-du-Roi), Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Secrets de l’Orient (in Maussane-les-Alpilles). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais, learn about winemaking at Chateau d'Estoublon, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Val Thorens to Avignon by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.
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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 Sentier Littoral will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Granet and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (The Panier, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more), Villa des Flo (in Bandol) and Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, and pedal to the sights with Trolib.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Avignon in December, with highs in Aix-en-Provence at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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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 Cascade de Gairaut will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Musee Matisse and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Gare Maritime, La Croisette, &more), Menton (Visite Confiturerie Herbin, La Salle des Mariages, &more) and Musee de la Carte Postale (in Antibes). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Avenue Jean Medecin, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, and steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip website.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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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 Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Venture out of the city with trips to Albi (Palais de la Berbie & Les Jardins de la Berbie) and Mirepoix (Bastide de Mirepoix & Place Marechal Leclerc). The adventure continues: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and admire the local landmark of Place Carnot.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne vacation tool.

Fly from Nice to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nice in January; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Chenonceaux.
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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.
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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 Musee du debarquement. 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 examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

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: drive; or 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.
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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: surround yourself with nature on Chemin des Sources Bleues, contemplate the waterfront views at 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.
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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 Arc de Triomphe. 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 Montmartre, 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.
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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 Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Cite du Champagne. Appreciate the collections at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum and Champagne Henry de Vaugency. Get out of town with these interesting Reims side-trips: Champagne Jacques Copin (in Verneuil), Champagne Domi Moreau (in Mancy) and Epernay (Moet et Chandon & Paul-Etienne Saint Germain). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais du Tau, learn about winemaking at Champagne Michel Bahuchet Pere et Fils, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

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.
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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 Little Venice 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 & Old Town). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Grand-Rue.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip planner.

Traveling by train from Reims to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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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.
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