26 days in France & Milan Itinerary

26 days in France & Milan Itinerary

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26 days in France & Milan Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Giverny, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Rouen, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Etretat, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Honfleur, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
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Saint-Malo, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Ploumanac'h, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Plougonvelin, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Guerande, France
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
12
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
End: Milan, Italy

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night
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
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 16th (Mon), make a trip to Old Town.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Colmar trip itinerary builder app .

Milan, Italy to Colmar is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Milan in September; daily highs in Colmar reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Giverny.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
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Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Old Town ©
Old Town

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Giverny, France

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Chateau Gaillard, admire the landmark architecture of Le Vieux Moulin de Vernon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des impressionnismes, and finally admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): get your game on at La Maison de la Figurine and then meet the residents at Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Giverny trip maker website .

You can take a train from Colmar to Giverny in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In September in Giverny, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Rouen.

Things to do in Giverny

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Vernon, Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry, Chateau Gaillard
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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny ©
Musee des impressionnismes ©
Musee des impressionnismes

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nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then make a trip to Les Racines du Ciel, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux. On the next day, make a trip to Rue Eau de Robec, find something for the whole family at Cahem, then have some family-friendly fun at Laser Game Evolution, then make a trip to La maison sublime, and finally admire the striking features of Palais de Justice.

Plan trip to Rouen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Giverny to Rouen by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
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Laser Game Evolution ©
Laser Game Evolution
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

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Etretat, France

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, appreciate the extensive heritage of Les Jardins D'Etretat, pause for some photo ops at Monument Nungesser et Coli, then take in the dramatic natural features at The pinnacle L'Aiguille creuse, then take some stellar pictures from Falaises d'Etretat, and finally make a trip to Chemin des Douaniers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Le Fleuve La Veules, admire the striking features of Palais Benedictine, and then explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Etretat online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Rouen to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Le Fleuve La Veules, Palais Benedictine
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Chemin des Douaniers ©
Chemin des Douaniers
Porte d’Aval ©
Porte d’Aval

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Honfleur, France

Honfleur ©
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Explore Honfleur's surroundings by going to Le Havre (Eglise St-Joseph & Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa), Sanctuaire Sainte Therese (in Lisieux) and Cerza (in Hermival-les-Vaux). There's much more to do: make a trip to Vieux Bassin, take in the views from Pont de Normandie, look for all kinds of wild species at Naturospace, and kick back and relax at Plage de Trouville.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Honfleur trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Etretat to Honfleur by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September in Honfleur, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Le Havre, Deauville City, Plage de Trouville, Sanctuaire Sainte Therese, Cerza
Highlights from your plan
Cerza ©
Cerza
Vieux Bassin ©
Vieux Bassin
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church ©
Saint Catherine's Catholic Church

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Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step out of Bayeux with an excursion to Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) in Ranville--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, make a trip to Reporters Memorial, and stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip website .

Getting from Honfleur to Bayeux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Normandy American Cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, Memorial de Caen
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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nights
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel, look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and then make a trip to Tour du Nord. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre, then don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue, and finally don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. In October in Mont-Saint-Michel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel Bay ©
Mont Saint-Michel Bay

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Saint-Malo, France

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, then make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, and finally relax in the rural setting at Tombelaine Coquillages.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo day trip app .

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ploumanac'h.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Centre Historique
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Plage du Sillon ©
Plage du Sillon
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo ©
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo

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Ploumanac'h, France

Ploumanac'h ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Tregastel - la Greve Blanche and then enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ploumanac'h driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Ploumanac'h in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plougonvelin.

Things to do in Ploumanac'h

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Plage de la Greve Blanche
Highlights from your plan
Ploumanac'h LIghthouse ©
Ploumanac'h LIghthouse

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Plougonvelin, France

Plougonvelin ©
Plougonvelin is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.PopulationInhabitants of Plougonvelin are called in French Plougonvelinois.Breton languageThe municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on June 16, 2005.In 2008, 8.44% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.SightsThe commune contains the Abbaye de Saint-Mathieu. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Vaere, delve into the distant past at Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre, make a trip to Phare De Saint Mathieu, then visit a coastal fixture at Pointe Saint-Mathieu, and finally learn about all things military at Musee Memoires 39-45.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Plougonvelin road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Ploumanac'h to Plougonvelin in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Plougonvelin can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Guerande.

Things to do in Plougonvelin

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Musee Memoires 39-45 ©
Musee Memoires 39-45
Pointe Saint-Mathieu ©
Pointe Saint-Mathieu
Phare Saint-Mathieu ©
Phare Saint-Mathieu

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Guerande, France

Guerande ©
Guérande is a medieval town located in the département of Loire-Atlantique in western France. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Terre De Sel, pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Saint-Aubin, and then make a trip to Cite Medievale de Guerande.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Guerande trip planner .

Drive from Plougonvelin to Guerande in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Annecy.

Things to do in Guerande

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
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Terre De Sel ©
Terre De Sel
Cite Medievale de Guerande ©
Cite Medievale de Guerande
Collegiale Saint-Aubin ©
Collegiale Saint-Aubin

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Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): make a trip to Pont des Amours, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Europe, then don't miss a visit to La Vieille Ville, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally explore the activities along Lac d'Annecy. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Mysteres du Lac.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Annecy road trip tool .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Guerande to Annecy in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lac d'Annecy ©
Lac d'Annecy
La Vieille Ville ©
La Vieille Ville
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then examine the collection at Castello Sforzesco, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Annecy to Milan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Annecy in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Milan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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