9 days in France Itinerary

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Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
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Mauriac
— 1 night
Drive
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Collonges-la-Rouge
— 1 night
Drive
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Rodez
— 1 night
Drive
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Albi
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Mongie
Drive
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Pau
— 1 night

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Clermont-Ferrand — 2 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome Volcano. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, then examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin, and then walk around Chateau de Parentignat.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Clermont-Ferrand tour itinerary builder website.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Limoges Airport and Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Clermont-Ferrand can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mauriac.
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Mauriac — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at Chateau de Bonhoste.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mauriac trip planner.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Mauriac in 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Collonges-la-Rouge.
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Collonges-la-Rouge — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Turenne and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Collonges-la-Rouge itinerary planner.

Drive from Mauriac to Collonges-la-Rouge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Mauriac in July, plan for slightly colder days in Collonges-la-Rouge, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rodez.
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Rodez — 1 night

Rodez is a small city and commune in the South of France, about 150 km northeast of Toulouse. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Musee Fenaille and then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musee Soulages Rodez and then explore the stunning scenery at Le Canyon de Bozouls.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rodez day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Collonges-la-Rouge to Rodez takes 2.5 hours. July in Rodez sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Albi.
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Albi — 2 nights

Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and then get a dose of the wild on Albi Croisieres.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Albi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rodez to Albi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Mongie.
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La Mongie

Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Col de Tourmalet and then wander the streets of La Mongie.

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Traveling by car from Albi to La Mongie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Albi in July, plan for little chillier days in La Mongie, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pau.
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Pau — 1 night

Royal City

On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Boulevard des Pyrenees, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Martin, and then examine the collection at Château de Pau.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Pau vacation app.

Getting from La Mongie to Pau by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In July, daytime highs in Pau are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C.
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France travel guide

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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.
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