21 days in France & The Alps Itinerary

21 days in France & The Alps Itinerary

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21 days in France & The Alps Itinerary

Start: Medellin, Colombia
Fly:  17​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
train:  2​h
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Nancy, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Verdun, France
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Rouen, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Bayeux, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Tours, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Perigueux, France
— 1 night
10
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
11
Arles, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
End: Medellin, Colombia

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner .

Medellin, Colombia to Paris is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Medellin in January, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Muttereralmpark, steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom zu St. Jakob, then get engrossed in the history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm).

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Innsbruck takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Paris in January; daily highs in Innsbruck reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Dom zu St. Jakob ©
Dom zu St. Jakob
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Town Tower (Stadtturm) ©
Town Tower (Stadtturm)

2
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Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Salzburger Altstadt, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Mirabell Palace, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Nancy.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

1
night
Nancy, France

Nancy ©
Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas, pause for some photo ops at Porte Sainte Catherine, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, and finally get your game on at Virtual Room Nancy.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nancy trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Salzburg to Nancy in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Salzburg in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 0°C in Nancy. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Verdun.

Things to do in Nancy

Museums Fun & Games
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy
Place Stanislas ©
Place Stanislas
Virtual Room Nancy ©
Virtual Room Nancy

1
night
Verdun, France

Verdun ©
The River Meuse runs through Verdun forming several canals throughout the valley, surrounded by hills with historical fortresses, battlefields, and underground barracks, as well as a healthy beer brewing culture.
On the 14th (Tue), look for gifts at Terra Chocolata, then steep yourself in history at Memorial de la Voie Sacre, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, and finally steep yourself in history at Site du Canon d'Hermeville.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Verdun travel planner .

You can drive from Nancy to Verdun in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Verdun sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Verdun

Historic Sites Shopping
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Memorial de la Voie Sacre ©
Memorial de la Voie Sacre

1
night
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, test your team's savvy at Cahem, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally don't miss a visit to Les Racines du Ciel.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rouen tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Verdun to Rouen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

1
night
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 16th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ardenne Abbey, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux journey builder site .

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Tours.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

D-Day Monument, Normandy American Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Ardenne Abbey ©
Ardenne Abbey

1
night
Tours, France

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stop by Boutique Couly-Dutheil, explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally get your game on at Virtual Escape.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tours trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Bayeux to Tours in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Perigueux.

Things to do in Tours

Fun & Games Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Azay-le-Rideau
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Virtual Escape ©
Virtual Escape
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau ©
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau
Room Escape Games

1
night
Perigueux, France

Perigueux ©
Périgueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Périgueux is the prefecture of the départment. On the 18th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Maquis de Durestal, explore the historical opulence of Chateau L'Eveques, then take an in-depth tour of Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Chai de Lardimalie.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Perigueux online route maker .

Traveling by car from Tours to Perigueux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Perigueux

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Maquis de Durestal, Chateau L'Eveques, Musee du Chai de Lardimalie
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Maquis de Durestal ©
Maquis de Durestal
Musee du Chai de Lardimalie ©
Musee du Chai de Lardimalie

1
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Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
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 19th (Sun): stroll through Station de Ski Montclar, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then look for gifts at Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip maker site .

You can drive from Perigueux to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Fountain of Neptune ©
Fountain of Neptune

1
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Arles, France

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Des Images, steep yourself in history at Barbegal Watermill, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally examine the collection at Conservatoire du Santon Provencal.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles holiday app .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Moustiers Sainte-Marie.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Les Baux de Provence
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Cathedrale Des Images ©
Cathedrale Des Images
Room Escape Games
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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nights
Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France

Moustiers Sainte-Marie ©
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. Get out of town with these interesting Moustiers Sainte-Marie side-trips: Station du Grand Puy Seyne les Alpes (in Seyne les Alpes), Station de St Jean Montclar (in Montclar) and Esf Chabanon (in Selonnet). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Didier, look for gifts at La Pain D'Epicerie, and don't miss a visit to Porte Royale.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Moustiers Sainte-Marie journey planner .

Getting from Arles to Moustiers Sainte-Marie by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Arles in January, you will find days in Moustiers Sainte-Marie are a bit warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Entrevaux, Station du Grand Puy Seyne les Alpes, Chapelle Saint-Didier, Presbytère, Station de St Jean Montclar
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Esf Chabanon ©
Esf Chabanon
Station du Grand Puy Seyne les Alpes ©

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