9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner
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Grenoble
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aix-les-Bains
— 1 night
Drive
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Annecy
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse
— 1 night
Drive
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 1 day
Drive
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Lyon
— 1 night
Drive
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Lans-en-Vercors
— 1 night
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Vienne
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Grenoble — 2 nights

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.
On the 26th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Jardin des Fontaines Petrifiantes, get engrossed in the history at Saint-Laurent Archaeological Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee Dauphinois. Keep things going the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grenoble trip website.

New York City, USA to Grenoble is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Grenoble when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aix-les-Bains.
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Aix-les-Bains — 1 night

Aix-les-Bains, locally called Aix, is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.Rising from the shores of the largest natural lake of glacial origin in France, the Lac du Bourget, this resort is one of the important French spa towns, and has the largest fresh water marina in France. On the 28th (Tue), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then hit the slopes at Mont le Revard.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Aix-les-Bains planner.

You can drive from Grenoble to Aix-les-Bains in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Aix-les-Bains sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Annecy.
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Annecy — 1 night

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 29th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Tournette, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Semnoz.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Annecy day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-les-Bains to Annecy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Annecy sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
On the 30th (Thu), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Avignon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Annecy in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse.
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Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse — 1 night

Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse is a commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France.It is located in the Chartreuse Mountains, to the north of the city of Grenoble.The Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the Carthusian order is located in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse.GeographyThe town is located in the heart of the Chartreuse Mountains 25 kilometers north of Grenoble.HistoryIn the Middle Ages the village was called Calma Trossa, which turned into Charme Trousse and then Chartrousse. To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse day trip planning site.

Getting from Avignon to Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Avignon in June; daily highs in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse reach 76°F and lows reach 55°F. On the 1st (Fri), you're off to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 1 day

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Pont d'Arc.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc day trip website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse in July; daily highs in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc reach 87°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Lyon.
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Lyon — 1 night

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 2nd (Sat): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lyon online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Lyon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Lans-en-Vercors.
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Lans-en-Vercors — 1 night

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Lans-en-Vercors online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Lans-en-Vercors in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lyon in July, with highs in Lans-en-Vercors at 79°F and lows at 57°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off to Vienne.
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Vienne

Vienne is a commune in southeastern France, located 32km south of Lyon, on the river Rhône. For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vienne visit planning website.

You can drive from Lans-en-Vercors to Vienne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lans-en-Vercors in July since evenings lows in Vienne dip to 63°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off to home.
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France travel guide

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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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