16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Lyon
1
Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Chambery
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Annecy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Grenoble
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: Lyon

3
nights
Lyon

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Institut & Musee Lumiere. Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and The Presqu'ile are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin), La Roche de Solutre (in Solutre-Pouilly) and Abbaye Saint-Philibert (in Tournus). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, ponder the design of Place des Jacobins, don't miss a visit to Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Bonaventure.

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If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport, Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Grenoble-Isère Airport and Chambéry-Savoie Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Chambery.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Cormatin, La Roche de Solutre, Abbaye Saint-Philibert
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Abbaye Saint-Philibert ©
Abbaye Saint-Philibert
Chateau de Cormatin ©
Chateau de Cormatin
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

2
nights
Chambery

Chambery ©
Chambéry is a city in the department of Savoie, located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.It is the capital of the department and has been the historical capital of the Savoy region since the 13th century, when Amadeus V, Count of Savoy, made the city his seat of power.Together with other Alpine towns Chambéry engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. On the 13th (Mon), stop by LAITERIE DE CHAMBERY and then see the interesting displays at La Rotonde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Ville Ancienne, see the interesting displays at Musee Savoisien, see the interesting displays at Musée des Charmettes - Maison de jean-Jacques Rousseau, then get curious at Galerie Eureka, and finally browse the collection at Mediatheque Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chambery trip itinerary website.

You can take a bus from Lyon to Chambery in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Chambery

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Eglise Notre Dame du Rosaire ©
Eglise Notre Dame du Rosaire
Musee Savoisien ©
Musee Savoisien

3
nights
Annecy

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Europe and then step off the mainland to explore Ile des Cygnes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, then test your team's savvy at Mysteres du Lac, and finally contemplate the long history of Basilique de la Visitation.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chambery to Annecy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Annecy are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Annecy

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort L'Ecluse, Les Pertes de le Valserine
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Eglise Saint-Francois ©
Eglise Saint-Francois
Fort L'Ecluse ©
Fort L'Ecluse
Les Pertes de le Valserine ©
Les Pertes de le Valserine

2
nights
Val Thorens

Val Thorens ©
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Step off the beaten path and head to Mini Clubs ESF and Evolution 2 Val Thorens. Visiting 6km Toboggan Run Val Thorens and Gli'Air will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Val Thorens: Ranch el Colorado (in Bourg Saint Maurice) and Peisey Mountain Fly (in Landry). There's much more to do: head outdoors with La Tyrolienne, hike along Promenade le Lac du Lou, and stop by La Belle en Cuisse.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Annecy to Val Thorens in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Val Thorens are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Grenoble.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Promenade le Lac du Lou, Ranch el Colorado, Gli'Air, Peisey Mountain Fly
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Ranch el Colorado ©
Ranch el Colorado
Promenade le Lac du Lou ©
Promenade le Lac du Lou
La Belle en Cuisse ©
La Belle en Cuisse

3
nights
Grenoble

Grenoble ©
At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Musee Hebert. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): hike along Via Ferrata : Les Prises de la Bastille, see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Montagne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiale Saint Andre, then steep yourself in history at Ancien palais du Parlement, and finally get outside with le stade des Alpes.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grenoble trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Val Thorens to Grenoble takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Domaine de Vizille, Musee Hebert
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Musee des Troupes de Montagne ©
Musee des Troupes de Montagne
Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble
Musee Hebert ©
Musee Hebert

2
nights
Marseille

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.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais Longchamp will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Abbaye du Thoronet and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. When in Marseille, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in La Ciotat, approximately La Ciotat away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, and admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Marseille driving holiday planner.

Getting from Grenoble to Marseille by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grenoble in April: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 22°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Abbaye du Thoronet, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Abbaye du Thoronet ©
Abbaye du Thoronet
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

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