26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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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
+3
Train + Foot + Bus + 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
+3
Train + Fly + Bus + Train:  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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint-Bonaventure and Memorial National de la Prison de Montluc. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eglise Saint Nizier and Chateau de Salornay. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Flecheres (in Fareins), Chateau de Chasselas (in Chasselas) and Basilique d'Ars (in Ars-sur-Formans). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Taize Community, admire the striking features of Palais de la Bourse, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint Albain, and explore the galleries of Musee d'Histoire de Lyon.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lyon online sightseeing planner.

Lille to Lyon is an approximately 3- hour train ride. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and tram; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Arles.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Macon, Chateau Historique de Pierreclos, Chateau de Salornay, Taize Community, Eglise Saint-Martin
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Eglise Saint-Bonaventure ©
Eglise Saint-Bonaventure
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.
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.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, 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
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) ©
St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale St-Jean and Chateau de Queribus. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale St-Just and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Get out of town with these interesting Narbonne side-trips: Domaine Thunevin Calvet (in Maury), Chateau Royale de Collioure (in Collioure) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame des Oubiels, admire the landmark architecture of Abbaye de Fontfroide, and steep yourself in history at Paroisse Saint Nazaire.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Narbonne trip builder tool.

You can drive from Arles to Narbonne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Narbonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. 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

Domaine Thunevin Calvet, Cathedrale St-Jean, Eglise Notre-Dame des Oubiels, Chateau Royale de Collioure, Chateau de Peyrepertuse
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 Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie. Explore hidden gems such as Les Jardins de la Berbie and Musee Soulages. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez (in Rodez), Viaduc de Millau (in Millau) and Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Forteresse de Najac, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie, take in the views from Pont Vieux, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Albi travel planner.

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

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 Cite Medievale de Guerande and Porte Saint-Pierre. Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Saint-Nazaire (Dolmen des Trois Pierres & Sous-Marin l'Espadon), Chapelle Notre Dame la Blanche (in Guerande) and Tumulus des Mousseaux (in Pornic). There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Ocearium du Croisic, 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 do a combination of train and flight 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

Saint-Nazaire, Guerande, Tumulus des Mousseaux, Le Passage du Gois, 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
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.
Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Omaha Beach will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pointe du Hoc and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise), Remains Mulberry Harbour (in Arromanches-les-Bains) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and contemplate the long history of Pegasus Memorial.

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 Beaches

Side Trips

Bayeux, Airborne Museum, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Pegasus Memorial, Pointe du Hoc
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe
Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe
Musee du Debarquement Utah 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): 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.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, 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 take a train to Amiens.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc
Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge
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 Aisne Marne American Cemetery and Chateau of Coucy. Get a sense of the local culture at Noyon Cathedral and Library and Abbaye de Vaucelles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amiens: Spas (in Saint-Quentin City), Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery (in Arras) and Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres (in Albert). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Parc Saint-Pierre, take some stellar pictures from Tour Perret, contemplate the long history of Australian Corps Memorial, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere de la Madeleine.

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

Traveling by train from Rouen to Amiens takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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

Side Trips

Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Abbatiale Saint-Pierre de Corbie, Adelaide Cemetery, Abbaye de Vaucelles, Basilique Notre-Dame de Brebieres
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:
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Chateau of Coucy ©
Chateau of Coucy
Aisne Marne American Cemetery ©
Aisne Marne American Cemetery
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery ©
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery

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