24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lille
— 2 nights
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
3
Cherbourg-Octeville
— 2 nights
4
Caen
— 2 nights
5
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
6
Marseille
— 3 nights
7
Grenoble
— 3 nights
8
Paris
— 4 nights

2
nights
Lille

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Get outdoors at Cran d'Escalles and Parc du Heron. Old Stock Exchange and Eglise Saint Andre will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lille side-trips: Musee 39-45 (in Ambleteuse), Lens' 14-18 - Centre International d'Histoire de la Première Guerre Mondiale (in Souchez) and Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery (in Arras). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Vieux-Lille, admire the masterpieces at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, examine the collection at Le Musee de Plein Air, and take in the history at Fromelles and Flanders Battlefield Tours.

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

Melbourne, Australia to Lille is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Melbourne to Lille due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lille, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Musee 39-45, Lens' 14-18 - Centre International d'Histoire de la Première Guerre Mondiale, Musee de la Vie Rurale, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Cran d'Escalles
Highlights from your plan
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille
Old Stock Exchange ©
Old Stock Exchange
Forum Antique de Bavay ©
Forum Antique de Bavay

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Rue Saint-Romain, get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine, contemplate the long history of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, thenadmire the landmark architecture of St. Maclou's Church, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Rouen day trip app.

Traveling by car from Lille to Rouen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Chateau d'Harcourt, Abbaye de Jumieges
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges
Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc

2
nights
Cherbourg-Octeville

Cherbourg-Octeville ©
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de la Delivrande, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, examine the collection at World War 2 Museum, take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, thenget engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Fort de Pirou. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parc Emmanuel Liais, visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Goury, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin, observe the fascinating underwater world at Cite de La Mare, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Rade de Cherbourg, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ravalet.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Cherbourg-Octeville online journey maker.

Getting from Rouen to Cherbourg-Octeville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Caen.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Phare de Goury, Chateau Fort de Pirou, Airborne Museum, World War 2 Museum, German War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum
World War 2 Museum ©
World War 2 Museum

2
nights
Caen

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Maisons a Pans de Bois. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Pierre, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, thencontemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, thenstroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Caen online tour planner.

You can drive from Cherbourg-Octeville to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Caen sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux, Arromanches-les-Bains, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Normandy American Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

3
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get outdoors at Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean and Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Andre Cathedral and Amphitheatre de Saintes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Ecomuseum Marquèze (in Sabres), Chateau de Duras (in Duras) and La ville d'Hiver (in Arcachon). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Aquitaine, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu, take a stroll through Port of the Moon, and learn about winemaking at Chateau Pape Clement.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip tool.

Getting from Caen to Bordeaux by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Caen, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu, Ecomuseum Marquèze, Chateau de Duras, Amphitheatre de Saintes, La ville d'Hiver
Highlights from your plan
La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver
Chateau de Duras ©
Chateau de Duras
Ecomuseum Marquèze ©
Ecomuseum Marquèze

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Popular historic sites such as Palais Longchamp and Chateau de Tarascon are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille and Centre de la Vieille Charite. Venture out of the city with trips to Arles (St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), Eglise St-Trophime, &more) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, get outside with Calanque du Sugiton, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Arts Africains, Oceaniens et Amerindiens (MAAOA).

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip maker site.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arles, Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, Chateau de Tarascon
Highlights from your plan
St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) ©
St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)
Chateau de Tarascon ©
Chateau de Tarascon
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

3
nights
Grenoble

Grenoble ©
At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ancien palais du Parlement and Cathedral of Notre Dame. Get some cultural insight at Musee de Grenoble and Musee des Troupes de Montagne. Venture out of the city with trips to Chute de la Druise (in Ombleze), Musee de l'alambic - Distillerie Jean Gauthier (in Saint-Desirat) and Musee de la Revolution Francaise (in Vizille). The adventure continues: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get outside with Grand lac de Laffrey, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Dauphinois.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Grenoble online travel planner.

Getting from Marseille to Grenoble by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In September, Grenoble is slightly colder than Marseille - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Chute de la Druise, Musee de l'alambic - Distillerie Jean Gauthier, Musee de la Revolution Francaise
Highlights from your plan
Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Musee de l'alambic - Distillerie Jean Gauthier ©

4
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Latin Quarter. Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Beauvais), Chateau de Chantilly (in Chantilly City) and The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris day trip site.

Take a train from Grenoble to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Chateau de Maintenon, Chateau de Chantilly, The Trianons & The Hamlet
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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