55 days in France & Escalona Itinerary

55 days in France & Escalona Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 5 nights
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Avignon, France
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kaysersberg, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
Fly
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Padirac, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, France
— 2 nights
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Foix, France
— 2 nights
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Saint-Lary-Soulan, France
— 2 nights
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Escalona, Spain
— 2 nights
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Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Perigueux, France
— 2 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France
— 3 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Orgnac-l'Aven, France
— 2 nights
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Meyras, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kids will enjoy Marineland and Vieille Ville. Step out of Nice with an excursion to Lérins Islands in Cannes--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, paddle through the water with Terra Incognita Rafting, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Nice. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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Avignon, France

— 6 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kids will enjoy Palais des Papes and Musee Angladon. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence), Golf de Servanes (in Mouries) and Nimes (Place du Marche, La Maison Carree, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for little chillier nights in Avignon, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 11:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

— 3 nights
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Kids will enjoy Promenade a Cheval La Marisma and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer side-trips: Plage de Piemanson (in Salin de Giraud) and Visite des Calanques (in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, wander the wide-open spaces of Ranch de la Brouzetiere, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. September in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Marseille, France

— 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Attractions like Calanques and Peche. Calanques. Com make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Cassis (Calanque de Port-Miou, Trolib, &more), Sentier Littoral (in Bandol) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Cours Mirabeau). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, test your team's savvy at The Escape Hunt, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Marseille, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:

Colmar, France

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 20th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at La Montagne des Singes, explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Chapelle Saint-Leon IX, then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and finally explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colmar tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Marseille to Colmar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in September, things will get a bit cooler in Colmar: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kaysersberg.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Kaysersberg, France

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): ponder the design of Fontaine Constantin, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Kaysersberg, snap pictures at Pont Fortifie, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise De l'Invention De La Sainte-Croix, then take in the exciting artwork at Verrerie d'Art de Kaysersberg, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at NaturoparC - Hunawihr. On the next day, get outside with Le Hohneck, head outdoors with Route des Cretes, then identify plant and animal life at La Montagnes des Lamas, and finally look and learn at Observatoire de Merelle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaysersberg trip planner.

Kaysersberg is just a stone's throw from Colmar. In September in Kaysersberg, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Kaysersberg

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, then take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Porte du Bas -Porte de Strasbourg. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, take a stroll through La Petite France, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally walk around Parc de l'Orangerie.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip planner.

You can drive from Kaysersberg to Strasbourg in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, visit Montmartre, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris travel route planner.

Take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Padirac.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 1:

Padirac, France

— 2 nights
On the 2nd (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Chateau of Castelnau-Bretenoux, admire the sheer force of La Cascade d'Autoire, then see the interesting displays at Insectopia, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre de Padirac. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Man Neanderthal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ville de Martel, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reptiland.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Padirac trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Padirac in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Paris in October, you will find days in Padirac are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet.

Things to do in Padirac

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, France

— 2 nights
Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographySaint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is located in the canton of La Vallée de l'Agly and in the arrondissement of Perpignan.Government and politicsMayorsInternational relationsSaint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is twinned with the town of Ennis in the Republic of Ireland.Sites of interest The church of the chapter of Saint-Paul, built between the 14th and 17th centuries and protected as a monument historique since 1989. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): get interesting insight from Oxygen Aventure, then take in breathtaking views at Gorges de Galamus, and then make a trip to Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Galamus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Chateau de Peyrepertuse, then see Buggy Balade 66, then explore the striking landscape at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, and finally explore the ancient world of Dolmen du Moli del Vent.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet travel planner.

Getting from Padirac to Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Padirac in October, Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Foix.

Things to do in Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Foix, France

— 2 nights
Foix is a commune, the former capital of the County of Foix. On the 6th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Grotte de Lombrives, then Head underground at Grotte de Niaux, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint Volusien, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Foix. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Les Forges de Pyrène.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Foix trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet to Foix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Foix are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saint-Lary-Soulan.

Things to do in Foix

Theme Parks · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Saint-Lary-Soulan, France

— 2 nights
Saint-Lary-Soulan is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France.GeographySaint-Lary is located in Hautes-Pyrénées 80 km south of the département's capital Tarbes, next to the Le Néouvielle Nature Reserve and the Pyrenees National Park and is a 20-minute drive to Spain.SportsSkiingSaint-Lary-Soulan is one of the largest ski resorts in the French Pyrenees with over 100 km of downhill slopes. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Genos-Loudenvielle, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maison du Parc national des Pyrenees de Saint-Lary Soulan, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Neouvielle, and finally explore the activities along Lac D'Oredon. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Vallee du Rioumajou, get interesting insight from Canyoning Saint-Lary, and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saint-Lary-Soulan holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Foix to Saint-Lary-Soulan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Escalona.

Things to do in Saint-Lary-Soulan

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Escalona, Spain

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): relax and float downstream with Nomadas del Pirineo, then take in breathtaking views at Cañón de Añisclo, and then head outdoors with Solo Monte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.

Before you visit Escalona, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Saint-Lary-Soulan to Escalona in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Oloron-Sainte-Marie.

Things to do in Escalona

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Zoo d'asson, skim along the rocks with Gaia Aventure, and then look for gifts at Boutique LINDT. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Sainte Engrace and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de La Verna.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oloron-Sainte-Marie online travel planner.

Drive from Escalona to Oloron-Sainte-Marie in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Oloron-Sainte-Marie are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Perigueux.

Things to do in Oloron-Sainte-Marie

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Perigueux, France

— 2 nights
Périgueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Périgueux is the prefecture of the départment. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Vesunna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Front, then get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, and finally whizz through the canopy at VergtAventures. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac, experience rural life at Ferme Andrevias, then Head underground at Grottes de Abbaye de Brantome, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Voie Verte des Berges de l'Isle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Perigueux vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Oloron-Sainte-Marie to Perigueux takes 4 hours. October in Perigueux sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Perigueux

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Mairie de Beynac-et-Cazenac. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Perigord Dordogne Montgolfieres, then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, then take a tour by water with Gabarres De Beynac, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip planner.

You can drive from Perigueux to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Annecy.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stop by LAITERIE DE CHAMBERY, then get in on the family fun at Walibi Rhone-Alpes, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally test your team's savvy at L'Atelier des Enigmes - Escape Game Annecy. On the next day, explore the activities along Lake Annecy and then don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Annecy road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Annecy in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in October, expect nights in Annecy to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Orgnac-l'Aven.

Things to do in Annecy

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

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Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Orgnac-l'Aven, France

— 2 nights
Orgnac-l'Aven is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.The Aven d'Orgnac cave is located near the village. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at Accroche-Aventure, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades du Sautadet, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at poterie elemenTerre, then Head underground at Grotte de la Salamandre, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de la Cocalière, and finally Head underground at Aven Grotte Forestiere.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Orgnac-l'Aven day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Orgnac-l'Aven takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Annecy in October, expect nights in Orgnac-l'Aven to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Meyras.

Things to do in Orgnac-l'Aven

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Meyras, France

— 2 nights
Meyras is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.GeographyThe river Lignon forms part of the commune's southeastern border, then joins the Ardèche, which flows east through the commune. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): head outdoors with Cascade du Ray Pic, head outdoors with GEO Ardeche Canyon, and then push the limits with Cimes et Canyons.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Meyras tour builder.

You can drive from Orgnac-l'Aven to Meyras in 1.5 hours. October in Meyras sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Meyras

Outdoors · Tours · Museums

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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Bouches-du-Rhone travel guide

4.4
Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Piers & Boardwalks
Named after the mouth of the Rhône River where it meets the Mediterranean Sea, Bouches-du-Rhône is a department created during the French Revolution from the western part of the former province of Provence, with its history closely linked to Provence. The department is well-represented in French art as Paul Cézanne painted numerous representations of Mont Sainte-Victoire and Vincent van Gogh spent much of his life here, painting many scenes of the area. The largest city in the department, Marseille, contains a major industrial harbor, which today serves as France's largest commercial port. You can both enjoy a seaside vacation or charter a vessel to take you out onto the Mediterranean. Marseille has been an important harbor since before Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul, and this Roman presence has left numerous historical attractions across the cities and rural communities of the department.

Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.

Ardeche travel guide

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Caves · Canyons · Kayaking & Canoeing