26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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26 days in France Itinerary

Start: Lille
train:  3​h
1
Lyon
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Narbonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Albi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Nantes
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Caen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Rouen
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Amiens
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Historique de Pierreclos and Eglise Saint-Martin. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Salornay and Chateau de Flecheres. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chasselas (in Chasselas), Basilique d'Ars (in Ars-sur-Formans) and Taize Community (in Taize). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Albain, make a trip to Eglise Saint-Bonaventure, get engrossed in the history at Musee de l'Imprimerie de Lyon, and browse the exhibits of Musee d'Histoire de Lyon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner .

Lille to Lyon is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Lyon are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Arles.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Macon, Chateau de Flecheres, Eglise Saint-Martin, Chateau de Salornay, Taize Community
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Basilique d'Ars ©
Basilique d'Ars
Taize Community ©
Taize Community
Eglise Saint Nizier ©
Eglise Saint Nizier

2
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Site Archeologique de Glanum, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arles visit website .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aigues-Mortes, Site Archeologique de Glanum, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Chateau des Baux de Provence
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Salin d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Salin d'Aigues-Mortes

3
nights
Narbonne

Narbonne ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Abbaye de Fontfroide and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale St-Just and Paroisse Saint Nazaire. Explore Narbonne's surroundings by going to Notre-Dame des Oubiels (in Portel-des-Corbieres), Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and Domaine Thunevin Calvet (in Maury). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Queribus, step into the grandiose world of The Royal Castle (Chateau Royal), and make a trip to Cathedrale St-Jean.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Narbonne trip maker .

You can drive from Arles to Narbonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Narbonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Chateau de Peyrepertuse, Chateau Royale de Collioure, Cathedrale St-Jean, Eglise Notre-Dame des Oubiels, Château de Salses
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Chateau de Queribus ©
Chateau de Queribus
Cathedrale St-Jean ©
Cathedrale St-Jean
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses

3
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez and Forteresse de Najac. Change things up with these side-trips from Albi: Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets), Musee Soulages (in Rodez) and Viaduc de Millau (in Millau). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie, and snap pictures at Pont Vieux.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Albi trip builder website .

You can drive from Narbonne to Albi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Albi sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rodez, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Viaduc de Millau, Forteresse de Najac
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Forteresse de Najac ©
Forteresse de Najac
Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie ©
Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie

3
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Passage Pommeraye. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Porte Saint-Pierre and Dolmen des Trois Pierres. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Tumulus des Mousseaux (in Pornic), Guerande (Chapelle Notre Dame la Blanche & Cite Medievale de Guerande) and Le Passage du Gois (in Beauvoir-Sur-Mer). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Village de Trentemoult, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocearium du Croisic.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Albi to Nantes in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 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

Side Trips

Saint-Nazaire, Guerande, Ocearium du Croisic, Le Passage du Gois, Tumulus des Mousseaux
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Village de Trentemoult ©
Village de Trentemoult
Cite Medievale de Guerande ©
Cite Medievale de Guerande
Chapelle Notre Dame la Blanche ©
Chapelle Notre Dame la Blanche

3
nights
Caen

Caen ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Omaha Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pointe du Hoc and German Cemetery La Cambe. Explore Caen's surroundings by going to Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Bayeux), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Remains Mulberry Harbour (in Arromanches-les-Bains). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Church, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Caen trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Nantes to Caen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Nantes, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Caen, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Rouen.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Saint Catherine's Catholic Church
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally make a trip to Vieux.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rouen tour itinerary planner.

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

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums
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Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge
Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

6
nights
Amiens

Amiens ©
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 Abbaye de Vaucelles and Forteresse de Mimoyecques. Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Ourscamp and Abbatiale Saint-Pierre de Corbie will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Amiens: Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery (in Arras), Spas (in Saint-Quentin) and Chateau of Coucy (in Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Australian Corps Memorial, stroll the grounds of Adelaide Cemetery, browse the collection at Noyon Cathedrale et Bibliotheque, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres.

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

You can take a train from Rouen to Amiens in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

Forteresse de Mimoyecques, Adelaide Cemetery, Abbaye de Vaucelles, Spas, Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Ourscamp
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:
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Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery ©
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery
Chateau of Coucy ©
Chateau of Coucy
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery ©
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

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