25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Train to Borivali Station, Fly to Paris
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Paris
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
Fly
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Lyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chamonix
— 3 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly

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Paris

— 6 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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris vacation planner.

Surat, India to Paris is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Vieux Rouen, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rouen online holiday builder.

Drive from Paris to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Rouen are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums · Historic Sites
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Lyon

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Grenoble (Musee Dauphinois, Musee de Grenoble, &more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Rouen to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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Chamonix

— 3 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.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche, hit the slopes at Aiguille des Grands Montets, and take some stellar pictures from Brevent Cable Car.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chamonix tour planner.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Chamonix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Prosneige, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Cool, and then fly down the slopes at Maison des Guides et de la Montagne Val Thorens. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Elements Park, fly down the slopes at Mission Black Forest, and then hit the slopes at Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School Les Menuires.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Val Thorens trip maker.

Drive from Chamonix to Val Thorens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes

Side Trips

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Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Musee Granet), Villa des Flo (in Bandol) and Parc du Mugel (in La Ciotat). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and look for gifts at Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Marseille road trip planning tool.

Drive from Val Thorens to Marseille in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Val Thorens in January; daily highs in Marseille reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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Nice

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: La Croisette (in Cannes) and Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nice travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.