21 days in France & The Alps Itinerary

21 days in France & The Alps Itinerary

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Start: Medellin, Colombia
Fly:  17 h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  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
Drive:  3 h 30 min
10
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

Plan my day in Paris using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Medellin, Colombia to Paris is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time (COT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Medellin in January, things will get cooler in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can 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
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 10th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Muttereralmpark, contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Innsbruck, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom zu St. Jakob, then admire the landmark architecture of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Town Tower (Stadtturm).

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

You can do a combination of flight and train from Paris to Innsbruck in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in January: high temperatures in Innsbruck hover around 3°C and lows are around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Muttereralmpark ©
Muttereralmpark
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Town Tower (Stadtturm) ©
Town Tower (Stadtturm)

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Salzburg Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally examine the collection at Salzburg Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Salzburg trip planner.

Traveling by train from Innsbruck to Salzburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nancy.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Salzburg Cathedral ©
Salzburg Cathedral
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

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): make a trip to Place Stanislas, appreciate the history behind Porte Sainte Catherine, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Nancy.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nancy trip tool.

You can drive from Salzburg to Nancy in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Salzburg in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nancy, with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Terra Chocolata, steep yourself in history at Memorial de la Voie Sacre, then stroll the grounds of Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Site du Canon d'Hermeville.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Verdun tour 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. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Verdun

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Saint Mihiel American Cemetery
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Memorial de la Voie Sacre ©
Memorial de la Voie Sacre
Terra Chocolata ©
Terra Chocolata

1
night
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, find something for the whole family at Cahem, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally make a trip to Les Racines du Ciel.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Verdun to Rouen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Rouen sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games
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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
Les Racines du Ciel ©
Les Racines du Ciel

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, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, then make a trip to Ardenne Abbey, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux online road trip planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

1
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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.
On the 17th (Fri), look for gifts at Boutique Couly-Dutheil, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Escape.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tours road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Tours in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Tours, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can 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
Boutique Couly-Dutheil ©
Boutique Couly-Dutheil

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Maquis de Durestal, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau L'Eveques, then get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, and finally examine the collection at Musee du Chai de Lardimalie.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Perigueux travel tool.

Traveling by car from Tours to Perigueux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Perigueux can reach 10°C, while at night they dip 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

Musee du Chai de Lardimalie, Maquis de Durestal, Chateau L'Eveques
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Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord ©
Maquis de Durestal ©
Maquis de Durestal
Chateau L'Eveques ©
Chateau L'Eveques

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): hit the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then stop by Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip maker.

Traveling by car from Perigueux to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Carcassonne

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

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Arles, France

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
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 problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally examine the collection at Conservatoire du Santon Provencal.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arles itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Arles takes 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) to allow enough time to 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

5
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Moustiers Sainte-Marie: Station de St Jean Montclar (in Montclar), Station du Grand Puy Seyne les Alpes (in Seyne les Alpes) and Esf Chabanon (in Selonnet). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Faience, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Didier, and stop by La Pain D'Epicerie.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Moustiers Sainte-Marie tour itinerary maker app.

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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Arles in January: highs in Moustiers Sainte-Marie hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 2°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

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