22 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

22 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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Fly to Geneva, Bus to Annecy
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grenoble, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Meribel, France
— 7 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Take a break from the city and head to Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac and Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre and Eglise St. Maurice. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Spa des Lys, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Roc de Chere, head off the coast to Ile des Cygnes, and don't miss a visit to Le Paquier.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Annecy trip builder website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Annecy is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg to Annecy, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Annecy is much colder than Johannesburg - with highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon and La Roche de Solutre. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. When in Lyon, make a side trip to see Les Grottes de La Balme in La Balme-les-Grottes, approximately La Balme-les-Grottes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of The Presqu'ile, examine the collection at Maison des Canuts, make a trip to Fresque des Lyonnais, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon holiday builder.

You can drive from Annecy to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Grenoble.
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Grenoble, France — 4 nights

Capital of the Alps

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee de Grenoble and Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere. Explore hidden gems such as Les 2 Alpes and ESF Oz en Oisans. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grenoble: Firstrax Ski & Snowboard School (in Les Deux-Alpes), Luge Park de la Colline des Bains (in Villard-de-Lans) and Plage de Savel (in Mayres-Savel). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois, examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Montagne, stop by Fromagerie Les Alpages, and pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Saint Andre.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grenoble visit website.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Grenoble takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Grenoble can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Meribel.
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Meribel, France — 7 nights

Step out of the city life by going to Prosneige and Piste des Inuits. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oxygene Ski School La Plagne and Prosneige. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Meribel: Les Menuires (Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Les Menuires & Saint Martin & Promenade le Lac du Lou), Skiset Les Flocons (in Les Coches) and Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School & ESF Belle Plagne).

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Meribel road trip planning website.

You can drive from Grenoble to Meribel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

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 8th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana, then take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis, then explore the world behind art at Fondation Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, and finally stop by Vieux-Carouge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Plage de Port-Choiseul, then kick back and relax at Plage de Celigny, then pause for some serene contemplation at Le Temple de Nyon, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at l'Arboretum du Vallon de l'Aubonne.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Meribel to Geneva by car takes about 2.5 hours. January in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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