French Castles, Nature and Chateaus

Start off with fondue in Geneva's old town, then head to the Alps and Mont Blanc, circle historical Provence towns, Dordogne valley and the prehistoric caves and finish in Paris via the Chateau de Loire

In this trip

  • CultureCulture
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • Small TownsSmall Towns

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Geneva, Switzerland

  • 2

    Grenoble, France

  • 3

    Avignon, France

  • 4

    Perpignan, France

  • 5

    Albi, France

  • 6

    Sarlat la Caneda, France

  • 7

    Poitiers, France

  • 8

    Orleans, France

  • 9

    Paris, France

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Things to do in and around Geneva

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Geneva

Switzerland, Geneva region

CultureHistoricNight lifeFoodBeaches1 nightFri. Mar 08 - Sat. Mar 09

Ideally located on Lake Leman, Geneva has become a thriving metropolis full of cultural events, museums, music venues, and festivals.

Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland. Situated where the Rhone exits Lake Geneva, it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. The opera house has the largest stage in Switzerland. It features opera and dance performances, recitals, concerts and, occasionally, theatre. The Victoria Hall is used for classical music concerts. Every summer, the Geneva Festival is organised. Hundreds of thousands of people come to Geneva to see the annual one-hour long grand firework display. Museums and art galleries are everywhere in the city. The Palace of Nations, home of the United Nations headquarters, can also be visited.
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Things to do in and around Grenoble

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  • Bastille on the hill
  • Grenoble (Isère), ancienne église St-Laurent  (3)
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  • Museo de Grenoble
  • Un lac aux Arcs
  • hauts plateaux du vercors
  • Chambery, allée rue croix d'or
  • Town centre
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  • Gorge de la Bourne
   
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Grenoble

France, Rhone-Alpes region

NatureActiveFoodCultureHistoric1 nightSat. Mar 09 - Sun. Mar 10

With a reputation as avant-garde, this town is set among lovely landscapes, and boasts excellent cuisine and architecture.

Grenoble is a city in southeastern France, at the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isere. Located in the Rhone-Alpes region. The proximity of the mountains, as well as its size, has led to the city being known in France as the "Capital of the Alps". The Bastille, an ancient series of fortifications on the mountainside overlooking Grenoble on the northern side is visible from many points in the city. The Bastille is one of Grenoble's most visited tourist attractions and provides a good vantage point over the town below and the surrounding mountains.
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Things to do in and around Avignon

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  • La Cité des Papes dans la lumière du soir le 31 décembre 2012, île de la Barthelasse, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence, France.
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  • La Cité des Papes dans la lumière du soir le 31 décembre 2012, île de la Barthelasse, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence, France.
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  • Cirque de Navacelles
  • Avignon papal palace view to petit palais
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  • Pont du Gard bei Nimes
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  • Fontaine de Vaucluse, Provence
   
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Avignon

France, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur region

HistoricCultureFoodSmall townsNight life3 nightsSun. Mar 10 - Wed. Mar 13

Full of energy and architectural treasures, Avignon is an excellent base from which to explore Western Provence.

Avignon is a French commune in southeastern France, bordered by the left bank of the Rhֳ´ne river. Of the 94,787 inhabitants of the city, about 12,000 live in the ancient town center surrounded by its medieval ramparts. Often referred to as the "City of Popes" because of the presence of popes and anti popes from 1309 to 1423 during the Catholic schism. This is one of the few French cities to have preserved its ramparts. In addition, its historic center, the palace of the popes, Rocher des Doms, and the bridge of Avignon are well-preserved.
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Things to do in and around Perpignan

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Perpignan

France, Languedoc-Roussillon region

Small townsCultureFoodHistoricNight life2 nightsWed. Mar 13 - Fri. Mar 15

As the capital of the Roussillon, this dynamic city retains a strong Catalan influence, from its architecture to its museums.

Perpignan is a city, a commune in southern France. Perpignan was the capital of the former province and county of Roussillon and continental capital of the Kingdom of Majorca in the 13th and 14th centuries. Main sights in Perpignan include : The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, construction began in 1324 and ended in 1509; The 13th-century Palace of the Kings of Majorca sits on the high citadel, surrounded by ramparts. The main city door, the Castillet is a small fortress built in the 14th century, which has been preserved. It had also been used as a prison until the end of the 19th century.
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Things to do in and around Albi

  • Tarn river at Albi
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  • Monasterio de Sant Cugat
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  • Cloitre St salvy - Albi
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  • Cirque de Navacelles
  • Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, Albi
  • Albi, palais de la Berbie
  • Toulouse 2015 - Beffroi du donjon du Capitole 01
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Albi

France, Midi-Pyrenees region

Small townsFoodHistoricCultureNight life1 nightFri. Mar 15 - Sat. Mar 16

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this town rests peacefully along the Tarn River, inviting relaxed exploration via foot or barge.

Albi is a commune in southern France. It is the prefecture of the Tarn department. It is located on the River Tarn. It was the seat of the Archbishop of Albi and is the seat of the Diocese of Albi. The episcopal city, situated in the center of the actual city, around the cathedral, was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2010. Albi was built around the original cathedral and episcopal group of buildings, red brick and tiles are the main feature of most of the edifices. Albi is one of the main cities built in Languedoc-style red brick. Among the buildings of the town is the Sainte Cecile cathedral, a masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style, built between the 13th and 15th centuries.
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Things to do in and around Sarlat la Caneda

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  • Les Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac, Perigord, France
  • Lascaux II - Hall of The Bulls (with a bear)
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  • Le château médiéval de Castelnaud
  • Rocamadour
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  • Les ruines des Tours de Chalucet
   
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Sarlat la Caneda

France, Aquitaine region

HistoricSmall townsFoodCulture3 nightsSat. Mar 16 - Tue. Mar 19

This Medieval town is known for its great restaurants, where you can find the best truffles and foie gras in the region.

Sarlat-la-Caneda, or simply Sarlat, is a commune in southwestern France. Sarlat is a medieval town that developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. The medieval Sarlat Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th century France. The center of the old town consists of impeccably restored stone buildings and is largely car-free.
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Things to do in and around Poitiers

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  • Château de Chenonceau
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  • Chateau de Langeais, France
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Poitiers

France, Poitou-Charentes region

CultureHistoricSmall townsFood1 nightTue. Mar 19 - Wed. Mar 20

A major university center, this city boasts rich architecture, great food, and charming streets.

Poitiers is a city on the Clain river in west central France. Poitiers is a major university center. The center of town is picturesque and its streets include predominant historical architecture, especially religious architecture and especially from the Romanesque period. Major sights include : Baptistere Saint-Jean (4th century), the oldest church in France; Palace of Poitiers, the seat of the dukes of Aquitaine; Eglise Notre-Dame-la-Grande, oldest Romanesque architecture church in Europe; And more.
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Things to do in and around Orleans

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  • Parc Floral de la Source
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  • Paris-Petit Palais (4)
  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Maison à Colombages, Orleans-- Maison de Jeanne d'Arc!
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Orleans

France, Centre region

CultureFoodNight life2 nightsWed. Mar 20 - Fri. Mar 22

Considered the capital of the Centre region, this city is excellent for lovers of history and quality dining.

Orleans is a city in north-central France. Orleans is located in the northern bend of the Loire, which crosses from east to west. Orleans belongs to the vallee de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city offers many sights, including the Gallo-Roman town-wall on the north side of the cathedral (4th century AD) and along the rue de la Tour-Neuve; The Hotel Groslot, built between 1550 and 1555; Many historical houses and mansions can still be admired in the city center which is one of the largest in France due to the great importance of the city until the 20th century.
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Things to do in and around Paris

  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Place des Vosges, Paris
  • Le Louvre, Paris
  • Champs-Élysées from Above
  • Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars
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  • Château de Vaux le Vicomte
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  • Sacre-Coeur
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  • Fontainebleau, Paris
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  • Musee d'Orsay wide view
  • Lac Daumesnil
  • Fontaines
  • Rodin Museum building
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  • Château de Chantilly - 24-12-2007 - 15h44
  • Notre Dame
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  • The Catacombs
  • Île St. Louis
  • Le cyclop de Jean Tinguely
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Paris

France, Ile-De-France region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nightsFri. Mar 22 - Mon. Mar 25

The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, rich culture, and amazing cuisine, making it one of the best destinations in the world.

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Centuries of cultural and political development have brought Paris a variety of museums, theaters, monuments and architectural styles. Among Paris' important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, and the Musee National d'Art Modern, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century to 13th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and more. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
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