16 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

16 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Nantes, France
— 1 night
Drive
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La Rochelle, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montpellier, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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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 16th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, then admire the striking features of Luxembourg Palace, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of La Madeleine. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries, appreciate the history behind Palais de Justice de Paris, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Paris is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Nantes.

Things to do in Paris

Tours · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Nantes, France

— 1 night

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau, then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port.

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You can take a train from Paris to Nantes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May in Nantes, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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La Rochelle, France

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, meet the residents at Aquarium La Rochelle, then explore the activities along Vieux Port, and finally don't miss a visit to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): stop by Ma cabane sur la Plage, visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Catherine de La Flotte, then don't miss a visit to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, then get great views at Clocher Observatoire, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Rochelle sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nantes to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Bordeaux, France

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

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 21st (Sat), make a trip to Place Parlement, make a trip to The Water Mirror, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich.

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Getting from La Rochelle to Bordeaux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Montpellier, France

— 2 nights
"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 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Place Jean Jaures, get a taste of the local shopping with Place de la Comedie, observe the fascinating underwater world at Planet Ocean Montpellier, make a trip to Place Saint-Roch, then steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre.

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Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Montpellier takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Montpellier sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums
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Lyon, France

— 2 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 24th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Secrets d'Apiculteur, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place des Celestins, then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

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You can take a train from Montpellier to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Lyon sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

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You can drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Enjoy Paris some more: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Take a train from Geneva to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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France travel guide

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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.