26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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1
Lyon
— 3 nights
2
Arles
— 2 nights
3
Narbonne
— 3 nights
4
Albi
— 3 nights
5
Nantes
— 3 nights
6
Caen
— 3 nights
7
Rouen
— 1 night
8
Amiens
— 6 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint Nizier and Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eglise Saint-Bonaventure and Eglise Saint-Martin. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilique d'Ars (in Ars-sur-Formans), Chateau de Flecheres (in Fareins) and Chateau de Salornay (in Hurigny). 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 Georges, 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

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Arles

Arles ©
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

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Aigues-Mortes, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Site Archeologique de Glanum
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale St-Jean and Château de Salses. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Queribus and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Get out of town with these interesting Narbonne side-trips: Chateau Royale de Collioure (in Collioure), Domaine Thunevin Calvet (in Maury) and Paroisse Saint Nazaire (in Beziers). 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

Chateau de Queribus, Cathedrale St-Jean, Chateau Royale de Collioure, Domaine Thunevin Calvet, Château de Salses
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Abbaye de Fontfroide
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Chateau de Queribus ©
Chateau de Queribus
Cathedrale St-Jean ©
Cathedrale St-Jean

3
nights
Albi

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

Side Trips

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Rodez, 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 ©
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy
Forteresse de Najac ©
Forteresse de Najac
Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie ©
Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie

3
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
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 Cite Medievale de Guerande. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Tumulus des Mousseaux (in Pornic), Chapelle Notre Dame la Blanche (in Guerande) and Saint-Nazaire (Dolmen des Trois Pierres & Sous-Marin l'Espadon). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Passage Pommeraye, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, 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

Side Trips

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

3
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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.
Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Remains Mulberry Harbour will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Memorial de Caen. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Pointe du Hoc (in Cricqueville-en-Bessin), Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Pegasus Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

Discover how to plan a Caen trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Nantes to Caen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nantes in December: highs in Caen hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Bayeux, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
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 bus; 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) to allow time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc
Gros-Horloge ©
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 Noyon Cathedral and Library and Abbaye de Vaucelles. Get a sense of the local culture at Aisne Marne American Cemetery and Cimetiere de la Madeleine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amiens: Spas (in Saint-Quentin City), Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery (in Arras) and Chateau of Coucy (in Coucy-le-Chateau-Auffrique). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise, take some stellar pictures from Tour Perret, contemplate the long history of Parc Samara, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Amiens itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rouen to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Amiens are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 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

Spas, Chateau of Coucy, Abbaye de Vaucelles, Adelaide Cemetery, Collegiale Saint-Pierre
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:
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Abbaye de Vaucelles ©
Abbaye de Vaucelles
Aisne Marne American Cemetery ©
Aisne Marne American Cemetery
Chateau of Coucy ©
Chateau of Coucy

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