16 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

16 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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16 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Creteil, France
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Creteil, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
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Fontainebleau, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
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Reims, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Dijon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
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Nimes, France
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
8
Montpellier, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
10
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
11
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
12
Nantes, France
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
13
Versailles, France
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
End: Creteil, France

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Creteil, France

Creteil ©
Créteil is a commune in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, France. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Saint-Christophe and then admire the majestic nature at Parc Dupeyroux.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Creteil trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In June, daytime highs in Creteil are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Creteil

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Chateau of Vincennes
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Creteil ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Creteil
Paroisse Saint-Christophe ©
Paroisse Saint-Christophe
Chateau of Vincennes ©
Chateau of Vincennes

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Fontainebleau, France

Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Louis de Fontainebleau, get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Fontainebleau, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Fontainebleau Forest (Foret de Fontainebleau).

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Fontainebleau road trip planning website.

You can drive from Creteil to Fontainebleau in an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Fontainebleau can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Reims.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Eglise Saint-Louis de Fontainebleau ©

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Reims, France

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the landmark architecture of Mediatheque Jean Falala, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Reims online travel route builder.

You can drive from Fontainebleau to Reims in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June in Reims, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Reims

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Mediatheque Jean Falala ©
Mediatheque Jean Falala

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Dijon, France

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then stroll through Owl's Trail, then ponder the design of Jardin Darcy, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Dijon journey planner.

Drive from Reims to Dijon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Dijon

Tours Trails Parks
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Owl's Trail ©
Owl's Trail
Jardin Darcy ©
Jardin Darcy

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Geneva online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lyon road trip app.

You can drive from Geneva to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Nimes.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

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Nimes, France

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): wander the streets of Place Des Carmes, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, make a trip to Square Antonin, then explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): stop by Toril d'Artistes, delve into the distant past at Tour Magne, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then experience rural life at Moulin à Huile d' Olive du Calanquet, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Des Terres Blanches.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nimes day trip tool.

Getting from Lyon to Nimes by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Nimes sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Avignon, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Carrieres des Lumieres, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
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La Maison Carree ©
La Maison Carree
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get in on the family fun at AviaSim Montpellier, take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, then contemplate the long history of Porte du Peyrou, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montpellier trip itinerary builder app.

Montpellier is very close to Nimes. In July, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Montpellier

Theme Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
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Place de la Comedie ©
Place de la Comedie
Porte du Peyrou ©
Porte du Peyrou
Spas

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally wander the streets of The Panier.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Marseille itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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The Panier ©
The Panier
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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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.
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Place du Capitole, then engage your brain at Cite de l'espace, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Toulouse online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Toulouse takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in July, things will get slightly colder in Toulouse: highs are around 33°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Childrens Museums Museums Historic Sites
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Le Capitole ©
Le Capitole

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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 9th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, make a trip to The Water Mirror, then have some family-friendly fun at Simfactory, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Pey-Berland Tower.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

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Nantes, France

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Sisters Mysteres.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Nantes

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes

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Versailles, France

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
On the 11th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes and then admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles, make a trip to The Hall of Mirrors, and then make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Versailles trip planner.

Take a train from Nantes to Versailles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Versailles are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Giverny
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
The Hall of Mirrors ©
The Hall of Mirrors

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