26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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Train
1
Lyon
— 3 nights
Train
2
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Narbonne
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Albi
— 3 nights
Fly
5
Nantes
— 3 nights
Fly
6
Caen
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive
8
Amiens
— 6 nights
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Train to Paris Orly, Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel SBB, Train to Zurich

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3
nights
Lyon

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint Nizier and Musee d'Histoire de Lyon. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eglise Saint-Bonaventure and Eglise Saint Georges. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilique d'Ars (in Ars-sur-Formans), Chateau de Salornay (in Hurigny) and Chateau de Flecheres (in Fareins). And it doesn't end there: have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Lyon, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Ainay, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Taize Community.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary site.

Lille to Lyon is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Arles.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Wineries

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Taize Community ©
Religious Site
Taize Community
4.6
Basilique d'Ars ©
Historic Site
Basilique d'Ars
4.8

2
nights
Arles

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Arles itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Arles are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Narbonne.

Things to do in Arles

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3
nights
Narbonne

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale St-Jean and Domaine Thunevin Calvet. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Queribus and Chateau Royale de Collioure. Get out of town with these interesting Narbonne side-trips: Paroisse Saint Nazaire (in Beziers), Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse). There's more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Fontfroide.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Narbonne trip planner.

Drive from Arles to Narbonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Narbonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Albi.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

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Abbaye de Fontfroide
Architectural Building
Abbaye de Fontfroide
4.6
Chateau de Queribus ©
Historic Site
Chateau de Queribus
4.6
Cathedrale St-Jean ©
Historic Site
Cathedrale St-Jean
4.4

3
nights
Albi

Albi is a commune in southern France. Get some cultural insight at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy and Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie. Explore hidden gems such as Forteresse de Najac and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez. Venture out of the city with trips to Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets), Musee Soulages Rodez (in Rodez) and Viaduc de Millau (in Millau). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Albi online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Narbonne to Albi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Albi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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3
nights
Nantes

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Village de Trentemoult and Le Passage du Gois. Get a sense of the local culture at Porte Saint-Pierre and Dolmen des Trois Pierres. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Guerande (Chapelle Notre Dame la Blanche & Cite Medievale de Guerande), Ocearium du Croisic (in Le Croisic) and Tumulus des Mousseaux (in Pornic). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sous-Marin l'Espadon, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nantes trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Albi to Nantes in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Caen.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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3
nights
Caen

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Pegasus Memorial will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Remains Mulberry Harbour. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Pointe du Hoc (in Cricqueville-en-Bessin), Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Caen trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Nantes to Caen in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nantes in December, you will find days in Caen are little chillier (9°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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1
night
Rouen

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Gros-Horloge, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, take an in-depth tour of Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rouen holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Caen to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
Highlights from your trip
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Architectural Building
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
4.7
Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
History Museum
Historial Jeanne d’Arc
4.3
Gros-Horloge ©
Monument
Gros-Horloge
4.6

6
nights
Amiens

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Noyon Cathedral and Library and Chateau of Coucy. Get a sense of the local culture at Abbaye de Vaucelles and Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amiens: Aisne Marne American Cemetery (in Belleau), Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery (in Arras) and Spas (in Saint-Quentin City). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere de la Madeleine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint-Pierre, walk around Parc Saint-Pierre, and pause for some photo ops at Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Amiens sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Amiens, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

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