9 days in France Itinerary

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

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Tournoel and Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Puy-de-Dome Volcano. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin and relax and rejuvenate at Royatonic.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Clermont-Ferrand trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Saint-Étienne-Bouthéon Airport, Limoges Airport and Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport. July in Clermont-Ferrand sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Collonges-la-Rouge.
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Collonges-la-Rouge — 1 night

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Collonges-la-Rouge trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Collonges-la-Rouge in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in July: highs in Collonges-la-Rouge hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rodez.
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Rodez — 2 nights

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): explore the stunning scenery at Le Canyon de Bozouls and then see the interesting displays at Musee Soulages Rodez. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez and then see the interesting displays at Musee Fenaille.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rodez trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Collonges-la-Rouge to Rodez takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rodez are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. 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. On the 27th (Thu), examine the collection at Musee de la Mode.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Albi visit planner.

You can drive from Rodez to Albi in an hour. Other options are to 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Mongie.
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La Mongie — 1 night

On the 29th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Col de Tourmalet and then wander the streets of La Mongie.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Mongie trip planner.

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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Albi in July: highs in La Mongie hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Pau.
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Pau — 1 day

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.
On the 30th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Boulevard des Pyrenees, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Martin, and then step into the grandiose world of Château de Pau.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pau day trip planning website.

You can drive from La Mongie to Pau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C.
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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.
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