15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Fly
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Paris
— 5 nights
Train to Genève, Bus to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 1 night
Drive
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Andon
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly

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Paris

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay. Step out of Paris to go to Marne-la-Vallee and see Disneyland Paris, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary builder tool.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Jose in January, with highs in Paris at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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2
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Chamonix

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then fly down the slopes at Vallee Blanche, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, explore the activities along Lac Blanc, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of train and bus from Paris to Chamonix in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
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Val Thorens

Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): fly down the slopes at St Martin de Belleville, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mini Clubs ESF, then fly down the slopes at Prosneige, and finally fly down the slopes at Ski Cool.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Val Thorens trip planner.

Getting from Chamonix to Val Thorens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Val Thorens, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Andon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

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Andon

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): hit the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Andon trip builder tool.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Andon in 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Val Thorens in January, with highs in Andon at 15°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Andon

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

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Nice

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Musee Picasso and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Change things up with a short trip to Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) in Antibes (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nice itinerary planner.

You can drive from Andon to Nice in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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France travel guide

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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.