With towering snow-capped peaks, charming alpine villages, some of Europe's best skiing, and epic hikes to famous spots like Mt. Blanc, there's always something to enjoy in the French Alps. Ride a cable car to catch impressive views across the mountain range, boat or stroll around crystal-clear lakes, explore cultural towns, and taste the delicious food that keeps the locals warm and full all year long (we're talking cheese) all while breathing in that crisp alpine air.
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Lyon often escapes the list of must-sees in France, but the city and its surrounding areas offer a lot to do, see, and experience. Spend your time exploring historic neighborhoods filled with Renaissance-era architecture and hidden courtyards, tasting the internationally recognized Lyonaisse cuisine, savoring historic sites like the Fourviere Basilica, and exploring the traditional world of silk. With more time, take a day trip to the surrounding vineyards or historic cities like Annecy.
French Alps Itineraries
Circle the highest summit in Western Europe in just seven days of trekking with this summer itinerary. Start in the Chamonix Valley and hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland with iconic Alpine vistas throughout. Hike over high mountain passes and quiet meadows, see the Alps reflected in mirror-like Swiss lakes, visit the classic resort towns of Courmayeur and Chamonix, and spend each night sleeping comfortably in charming mountain huts and lodges.
Traverse over high mountain passes and through small alpine villages on this 10-day trek around Mont Blanc, Western Europe's highest peak. Start and end in Chamonix, the self-proclaimed "French capital of Alpinism". See why this town got its nickname as you explore the Alps on foot, wandering through peaceful meadows and taking in the sweeping views.
Traverse alpine passes, feast on local cheese, and breathe in the crisp mountain air on this 9-day trek around Mont Blanc. Start in Chamonix—the French capital of alpinism—before hitting the trail for a week of sweeping views, snowy peaks, and meadows full of wildflowers. Top things off with cozy nights spent in rustic alpine huts or guest houses.
Follow the classic Tour de Mont Blanc trail on this six-day itinerary, with a twist: you'll be running between villages and alpine passes, maximizing your time in the region. This adventurous trail running trip is perfect for active travelers who want to experience classic Alps views. You'll run between 19 and 28 miles per day as you wind your way around the Mont Blanc Massif, taking in the views of glaciers and spotted alpine cows before relaxing in mountain villages at night.
Follow this famous alpine route on a 12-day traverse past glacial peaks. Along with enjoying showstopping mountain scenery, you'll get to search for wildlife, sample alpine cheeses, and stroll through scenic towns while you put your trekking skills to the test.
Circle the highest summit in Western Europe in ten days of trekking with this summer itinerary. Start in the Chamonix Valley and hike through France, Italy, and Switzerland with iconic Alpine vistas throughout. Hike over high mountain passes and quiet meadows, see the Alps reflected in mirror-like Swiss lakes, visit the classic resort towns of Courmayeur and Chamonix, and spend each night sleeping comfortably in charming mountain huts and lodges.
This 10-day adventure combines three of France's easternmost gems starting with its capital of gastronomy: Lyon. While here, you'll explore an outstanding dining scene, visit nearby vineyards, and meet farmers and artisans. Then train to Annecy, a beautiful medieval town nicknamed the 'Venice of France'. Finish in Chamonix, next to the tallest peak in France—Mont Blanc—with opportunities to hit the trails for stunning views.
Explore Eastern France on eight days of outings on this itinerary. Sip Champagne in Reims (no it doesn't rhyme), scope out the Germanic influence in Strasbourg, and cruise the canals of Colmar before you end your trip sampling Alpine cheese on the banks of Lake Annecy.
Spend 16 days on a saunter through some of Eastern France's most scenic towns and landscapes. You'll stroll the streets of Paris, indulge in Champagne tastings on the Avenue of Champagne, admire the colorful houses and canals of Alsace, and cycle along the shores of Lake Annecy.
Seventeen days of stellar sights await you with this excursion through Eastern France. Gaze at the artworks of the Louvre, vineyards of Epernay and Alsace, and charming village pathways. Make your way to the lakeside and mountain views surrounding Annecy before you head off on a quick getaway to the beaches of the Riviera.
Kick off a nine-day tour of the knockouts of Eastern France as you follow this itinerary. You'll taste Champagne in grand estates, wander through half-timbered villages, and sample wine and cheese on the banks of Lake Annecy as you explore in the company of expert guides.
Take a new excursion every day of this 18-day Eastern France itinerary. You'll stroll the streets of Paris and sample your way down the Avenue of Champagne before riding in a VW Kombi through the vineyards. Follow it with Alsatian villages, cycling and cheese tasting in Lake Annecy, and three nights in the fabulous French Riviera.
Traverse Eastern France for two weeks as you travel through this tour. After two days of exploring Paris, you'll sip Champagne in Reims and wine in the Alsace and Lorraine. Saturate yourself in the scene of Lake Annecy with wine and cheese tastings and a cycling tour before you unwind on the Riviera with two nights in Nice.
Float through Eastern France on a bubbly Champagne cloud as you follow this 10-day route. After you make your way through the Champagne houses of Reims, you'll traverse the German influences of Strasbourg, cruise the canals of Colmar, and stroll the shores of Lake Annecy and promenades of Nice.
Frolic for 15 days through France's eastern hotspots as you follow your expert new friends along this route. From pastries in Paris and Champagne in Reims, to Alsatian wines and Alpine cheeses, down to the glittering indulgence of the French Riviera, you're sure to leave fully sated.
Follow eleven days of excellence along the excitement of Eastern France with this agenda. You'll stroll through the Champagne houses of Reims, streets of Strasbourg, and vineyards of the Alsace and Lorraine. Top it off with some Alpine cheese in Annecy and a dip in the waters of Nice before you depart.
Keep Moët & Chandon in a pretty cabinet and eat cake just like Marie Antoinette on this 12-day itinerary fit for a queen. You'll sample the Parisian pastries of Le Marais, artworks in the glass of the Louvre, and elaborate architectural facades of Strasbourg, Colmar, and Alsace. Sip wine with cheese pairings in Annecy before ending the trip on the beaches in Nice.
Find a lucky 13 days in Eastern France as you follow this route from Paris all the way to Monte Carlo. Cruise down the Seine, sip your way down the "Avenue of Champagne," and stroll the German-influenced streets of Strasbourg. Relax on the shores of Lake Annecy before you spend two days living large in the French Riviera in Nice and Monte Carlo.
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