26 days in France & Milan Itinerary

26 days in France & Milan Itinerary

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Colmar, France
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Giverny, France
— 2 nights
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Rouen, France
— 2 nights
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Etretat, France
— 2 nights
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Honfleur, France
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 2 nights
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Saint-Malo, France
— 1 night
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Ploumanac'h, France
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Plougonvelin, France
— 1 night
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Guerande, France
— 1 night
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
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Colmar, France

— 1 night

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

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colmar trip itinerary builder.

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. Traveling from Milan in September, things will get little chillier in Colmar: highs are around 25°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Giverny.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Giverny, France

— 2 nights
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Chateau Gaillard, admire the landmark architecture of Le Vieux Moulin de Vernon, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, then explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes, and finally explore the galleries of Fondation Claude Monet. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at La Maison de la Figurine and then meet the residents at Parc Zoologique et Chateau de Thoiry.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Giverny route planner.

Getting from Colmar to Giverny by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Giverny

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Rouen, France

— 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 20th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then make a trip to Les Racines du Ciel, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Rouen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Rue Eau de Robec, get in on the family fun at Cahem, then have some family-friendly fun at Laser Game Evolution, then don't miss a visit to La maison sublime, and finally admire the striking features of Palais de Justice.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rouen online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Giverny to Rouen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Etretat, France

— 2 nights
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, walk around Les Jardins d'Etretat, appreciate the history behind Monument Nungesser et Coli, then take in the dramatic natural features at L'Aiguille Creuse, then take in the dramatic natural features at 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 take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Etretat trip builder.

Drive from Rouen to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Honfleur.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Honfleur, France

— 5 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honfleur: Cerza (in Hermival-les-Vaux), Le Havre (Eglise St-Joseph & Musee d’art Moderne Andre Malraux - MuMa) and Sanctuaire Sainte Therese (in Ville de Lisieux). The adventure continues: make a trip to Vieux Bassin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Trouville, and look for all kinds of wild species at Naturospace.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Honfleur trip site.

You can drive from Etretat to Honfleur in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Honfleur are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bayeux, France

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Change things up with a short trip to Pegasus Memorial in Ranville (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, browse the exhibits of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bayeux journey site.

Traveling by car from Honfleur to Bayeux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel, identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and then make a trip to Tour du Nord. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a trip to La Grande Rue, and finally make a trip to Terrasse de l'Ouest.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Saint-Malo, France

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

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Malo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ploumanac'h.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ploumanac'h, France

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Greve Blanche and then enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ploumanac'h day trip planning site.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Ploumanac'h in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plougonvelin.

Things to do in Ploumanac'h

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Plougonvelin, France

— 1 night
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, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre, visit a coastal fixture at Phare Saint-Mathieu, then visit a coastal fixture at Pointe Saint-Mathieu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Memoires 39-45.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Plougonvelin online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Ploumanac'h to Plougonvelin takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Plougonvelin are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 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

Guerande, France

— 1 night
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, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Aubin, and then take a stroll through Cite Medievale de Guerande.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Guerande road trip tool.

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, train, and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Guerande are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Annecy.

Things to do in Guerande

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the views from Pont des Amours, admire the natural beauty at Jardins de l'Europe, then make a trip to La Vieille Ville, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, and finally explore the activities along Lake Annecy. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Semnoz, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then partake in some friendly competition at Mysteres du Lac.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Annecy online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Guerande to Annecy in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Annecy, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): browse the collection at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan route planner.

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, plan for a bit warmer nights in Milan, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.