22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 3 nights
Fly
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lourdes
— 3 nights
Fly
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Evreux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 3 nights
Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Sydney

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Colmar

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musée d'Unterlinden and Ancien camp de concentration de Natzweiler-Struthof. Get some historical perspective at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile and Eglise Saint-Maurice. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colmar: Chateau du Hagelschloss (in Ottrott) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Vieille Ville.

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

Sydney, Australia to Colmar is an approximately 26.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Colmar due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Colmar at 12°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly to Arles.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Get some historical perspective at Eglise St-Trophime and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). Explore hidden gems such as Abbaye de Montmajour and Chateau de Tarascon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arles: Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum, and delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arles itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Colmar to Arles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Colmar in November: high temperatures in Arles hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lourdes

— 3 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grotte de Massabielle and Chateau Fort of Lourdes. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilique Saint-Pie X and Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption d'Aspin-en-Lavedan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lourdes: Pau (Boulevard des Pyrenees & Château de Pau). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, steep yourself in history at Moulin Lacade - Maison Paternelle de Sainte Bernadette, and examine the collection at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lourdes travel route builder app.

Getting from Arles to Lourdes by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Arles in November, plan for little chillier nights in Lourdes, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Blois.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Blois

— 3 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Chateau de Valencay and Chateau Royal de Blois will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Blois: Cathedrale Saint-Gatien (in Tours), Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Blois tour planner.

You can fly from Lourdes to Blois in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Popular historic sites such as Bayeux War Cemetery and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe and Pointe du Hoc. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, take in the history at Omaha Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip planning website.

You can drive from Blois to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Evreux.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Evreux

— 2 nights
Évreux is situated in the pleasant valley of river Iton, arms of which traverse the town.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Art, Histoire Et Archeologie d'Evreux, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Meshi Mushki. On your second day here, indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Chapelle, stroll around Arbr’en Ciel, and then explore the ancient world of Abbaye de Jumieges.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Evreux route planning site.

Getting from Bayeux to Evreux by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Evreux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Amiens.

Things to do in Evreux

Historic Sites · Spas · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trip

Amiens

— 3 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, and then pause for some photo ops at Thiepval Memorial. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, then admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally wander the streets of St-Leu.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amiens itinerary planner.

Getting from Evreux to Amiens by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · 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.