23 days in France Itinerary

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— 4 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
— 2 nights
Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Nice
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 5 nights
Train to Paris St Lazare, Fly to Vancouver


Paris — 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Atelier des Lumieres. Eiffel Tower and Montmartre will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Vancouver, Canada to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Chamonix.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Chamonix — 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, take a memorable tour with Tours, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and finally make a trip to Glacier des Bossons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and then head outdoors with Aiguille du Midi.

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Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Paris to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Val Thorens.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
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Val Thorens — 2 nights

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. On the 31st (Fri), fly down the slopes at La Grave, then hit the slopes at Elements Park, then see the winter wonderland with Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Les Menuires, and finally fly down the slopes at Prosneige. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

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Drive from Chamonix to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.
Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips
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Nice — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Get some cultural insight at Lérins Islands and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Step out of Nice to go to Mougins and see Village de Mougins, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Nice takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Val Thorens in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trips
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

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Getting from Nice to Carcassonne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Carcassonne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Side Trips
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 1 night

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then explore by horseback at promenade a cheval.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Azay-le-Rideau.
Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Azay-le-Rideau — 2 nights

As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
On the 9th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Loches and then examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Langeais, and then stroll through Chateau de Villandry.

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Traveling by flight from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Azay-le-Rideau takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Azay-le-Rideau. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trips
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Bayeux — 5 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pointe du Hoc and Juno Beach Centre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

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Drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Bayeux sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks
Side Trips
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France travel guide

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.