12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip itinerary planner

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Drive
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Calais
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chalons-en-Champagne
— 1 night
Drive
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Kaysersberg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Colmar
— 1 night
Train
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Beaune
— 3 nights
Fly

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Calais

— 2 nights

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Explore Calais' surroundings by going to Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy (in Givenchy-en-Gohelle), La Coupole (in Saint-Omer) and Le Beffroi de Bethune (in Bethune). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Nausicaa, enjoy the sand and surf at Calais Beach, pause for some photo ops at The Burghers of Calais, and stop by Calais Wine Superstore.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Calais trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Calais is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Calais due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Chalons-en-Champagne.

Things to do in Calais

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Chalons-en-Champagne

— 1 night
Châlons-en-Champagne is a city in France. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, do a tasting at Champagne Thierry Rodez, learn about winemaking at Champagne Paul Dethune, then do a tasting at Champagne Alfred Tritant, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue de Jean Talon.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chalons-en-Champagne trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Calais to Chalons-en-Champagne takes 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kaysersberg.

Things to do in Chalons-en-Champagne

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kaysersberg

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, get to know the resident critters at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, snap pictures at Pont Fortifie, don't miss a visit to Maison Faller-Brief, then don't miss a visit to Maison Loewert, and finally stop by Chocolaterie Strackar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville, and then admire the local landmark of Fontaine Constantin.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kaysersberg trip itinerary app.

Drive from Chalons-en-Champagne to Kaysersberg in 3.5 hours. In April in Kaysersberg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Kaysersberg

Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colmar

— 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 14th (Thu), make a trip to Maison Schongauer and then admire the landmark architecture of Maison Pfister. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty, wander the streets of Little Venice, then do a tasting at Domaine Karcher et Fils, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Martin.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Colmar route planning app.

Colmar is just a stone's throw from Kaysersberg. In April, daytime highs in Colmar are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Colmar

— 1 night

Little Venice

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin and then stop by Little Venice.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colmar travel route website.

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Beaune.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Beaune

— 3 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dijon (Musee Magnin & Owl's Trail) and Chateau Ancy-le Franc (in Ancy-le-Franc). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, savor the flavors at Chateau Corton C., and stop by La P'tite Cave.

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Traveling by train from Colmar to Beaune takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Beaune are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.