4 days in France Itinerary

4 days in France Itinerary

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Bourges
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Lyon
— 1 night
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Saint-Etienne
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Orange
— 2 nights

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Bourges

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale De Bourges, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Aignan de Brinay.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bourges trip builder site.

Orleans to Bourges is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Bourges

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lyon

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Bourges to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Lyon sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. You'll set off for Saint-Etienne on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums · Outdoors

Saint-Etienne

Situated in the Massif Central, Saint-Étienne is a bustling capital of the Loire department with diverse activities and attractions, such as natural gorges, cultural events, cathedrals, historical sites, museums, and restaurants.
On the 6th (Sun), examine the collection at Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Grand'Eglise, then appreciate the history behind La Chappelle de la Charite Saint Etienne, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Marie.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Etienne tour itinerary website.

Getting from Lyon to Saint-Etienne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saint-Etienne when traveling from Lyon in June, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Orange.

Things to do in Saint-Etienne

Historic Sites · Museums

Orange

— 2 nights
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, learn about winemaking at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, do a tasting at Domaine de Beaurenard, then delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, then explore and take pictures at Colline Saint-Eutrope, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art et d'Histoire.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Orange trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Saint-Etienne to Orange by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saint-Etienne in June, with highs in Orange at 33°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Orange

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.