11 days in French Alps Itinerary

11 days in French Alps Itinerary

Created using Inspirock French Alps tour itinerary planner
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Forcalquier
— 1 night
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Orcieres
— 1 night
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Vars
— 2 nights
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Montgenevre
— 3 nights
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Moustiers Sainte-Marie
— 2 nights
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Castellane
— 1 night
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Forcalquier — 1 night

Forcalquier is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France.Forcalquier is located between the Lure and Luberon mountain ranges, about 30km south of Sisteron and 10km west of the Durance river. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Forcalquier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Bourguet, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganagobie Abbey, then revel in the low prices at Francois Doucet Confiseur, and finally don't miss a visit to Tour du Mont d'Or.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Forcalquier trip itinerary app.

Paris to Forcalquier is an approximately 8-hour car ride. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Forcalquier are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Orcieres.
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Orcieres — 1 night

Orcières is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. On the 25th (Sun), explore the activities along Lac de Saint-Apollinaire, hit the slopes at Winter Parc, stroll through Orcieres Merlette Ski, then hit the slopes at Ski Orcieres Merlette, and finally head outdoors with Ecrins Vol Libre.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Orcieres trip maker website.

You can drive from Forcalquier to Orcieres in 2 hours. Traveling from Forcalquier in December, things will get slightly colder in Orcieres: highs are around 7°C and lows about -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vars.
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Vars — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Domaine skiable Risoul - La Foret Blanche and then take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at Cogitarium Escape Game, then steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Boscodon, then tour along fresh powder with Wintersnow, and finally fly down the slopes at Pure Snow School.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vars route maker website.

You can drive from Orcieres to Vars in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montgenevre.
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Montgenevre — 3 nights

Montgenèvre is a commune of the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France.GeographyMontgenèvre is located in the French Cottian Alps. Get out of town with these interesting Montgenevre side-trips: La Salle les Alpes (Serre Chevalier Vallee Briancon & SnowPark) and Thermal Spas (in Le Monetier-les-Bains). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Montgenevre Ski Resort, make a trip to Cite Vauban, get outside with Esf Montgenevre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Luge Monty Express.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Montgenevre trip tool.

Traveling by car from Vars to Montgenevre takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Montgenevre when traveling from Vars in December, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Moustiers Sainte-Marie.
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Moustiers Sainte-Marie — 2 nights

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, a part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and considered one of the "most beautiful villages of France".It lies at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): cruise along Route des Cretes La Palud, take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, and then head outdoors with Verdon Escalade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): make a trip to Centre Ville, look for gifts at Faience Bondil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Beauvoir, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, and finally relax in the rural setting at Ferme des Fabrigoules.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Moustiers Sainte-Marie online journey planner.

You can drive from Montgenevre to Moustiers Sainte-Marie in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Montgenevre, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Moustiers Sainte-Marie, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Castellane.
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Castellane — 1 night

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. On the 2nd (Mon), make a trip to Pont du Roc and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Castellane trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moustiers Sainte-Marie to Castellane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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