26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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26 days in France Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Toulouse
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Rocamadour
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Montpellier
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + Bus + Tram + Foot + Train:  7 h 15 min
4
Perros-Guirec
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
5
Saint-Malo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Vannes
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
7
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Seattle

5
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Grotte de Massabielle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Château de Pau. Venture out of the city with trips to Carcassonne Center (Cathar Castles & Chateau Comtal), O'Vineyards (in Villemoustaussou) and Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez, admire the natural beauty at La Prairie des Filtres, examine the collection at Musee Soulages, and engage your brain at Aeroscopia.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Toulouse trip itinerary planning website .

Seattle, USA to Toulouse is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Seattle to Toulouse, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Albi, Carcassonne, Lourdes, Rodez, Aeroscopia
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

4
nights
Rocamadour

Rocamadour ©
Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Foret des Singes and Grottes de Lacave. Explore hidden gems such as Cite Religieuse and Village de Conques. Change things up with these side-trips from Rocamadour: Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets), Chateau de Bonaguil (in Saint-Front-sur-Lemance) and Chateau de Hautefort (in Hautefort). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier de Gramat, step into the grandiose world of Remparts du Chateau, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique St-Sauveur.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocamadour tour site .

Drive from Toulouse to Rocamadour in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Toulouse in June, Rocamadour is slightly colder at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Conques, Parc Animalier de Gramat, Chateau de Bonaguil, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Grottes de Lacave
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Rocher des Aigles ©
Rocher des Aigles
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil

6
nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Escape the urban bustle at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Sentier du Littoral. Visit Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes for their historical value. Explore Montpellier's surroundings by going to Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Abbaye Saint Guilhem Le Desert (in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert) and Grotte de Clamouse (in Saint-Jean-de-Fos). There's much more to do: stroll through Espiguette Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, and make a trip to Porte du Peyrou.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier trip planner.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Montpellier in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Rocamadour in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 67°F in Montpellier. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Aigues-Mortes, Arles, Collioure, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Cathedrale de Maguelone ©
Cathedrale de Maguelone
Forteresse de Mornas ©
Forteresse de Mornas
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

1
day
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des douaniers, and then get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Montpellier to Perros-Guirec in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Montpellier in July, expect Perros-Guirec to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Sentier des douaniers ©
Sentier des douaniers

1
night
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): head outdoors with Avel Char, get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, then get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Sillon.

To see photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vannes.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pointe du Grouin, Promenade du Clair de Lune, Avel Char
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Plage du Sillon ©
Plage du Sillon
Promenade du Clair de Lune
Promenade du Clair de Lune

1
night
Vannes

Vannes ©
Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Vannes, then steep yourself in history at Old City Walls of Vannes, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Suscinio, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Port De St Goustan.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vannes tour planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Vannes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Vannes

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Suscinio, Port De St Goustan
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Chateau de Suscinio ©
Chateau de Suscinio
Port De St Goustan ©
Port De St Goustan

6
nights
Paris

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau, about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Paris tour planner.

Traveling by train from Vannes to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Vannes in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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