56 days in France Itinerary

56 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Provins
— 5 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 5 nights
Train to Rennes, Bus to La Rochelle
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 5 nights
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Annecy
— 5 nights
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Strasbourg
— 5 nights
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Lille
— 2 nights
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Amiens
— 5 nights
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Paris

— 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Adrien Kavachnina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Versailles (La laiterie de propreté, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, stop by Le Marais, and admire the striking features of Louvre Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris driving holiday tool.

Billund, Denmark to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Billund in June, things will get a bit warmer in Paris: highs are around 27°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Provins.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Provins

— 5 nights
Provins cultivates roses to make all sorts of foods from roses with specialties including rose petal jam, Provinois rose honey, and rose candy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Provins: Champagne Herve Dubois (in Avize), Champagne Domi Moreau (in Mancy) and Champagne DOMI (in Grauves). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Champagne Sourdet-Diot, make a trip to The Saint-Jean's Gate and The Ramparts, savor the flavors at Champagne Henry de Vaugency, and awaken your taste buds at Champagne Pierre Laurent.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Provins road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Paris to Provins in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Provins are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Provins

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 5 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Shop till you drop at Marche aux Huitres and Epices Roellinger. Explore Saint-Malo's surroundings by going to Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel), Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (D-Day Monument & Omaha Beach) and Bayeux (Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, Reporters Memorial, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, hike along GR 34, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral.

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Fly from Provins to Saint-Malo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Provins in June, you will find days in Saint-Malo are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
For shopping fun, head to Marche de La Flotte or Les Papas Confituriers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses), Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Saintes) and Cognac (Camus Cognac, Hennessy Les Visites, &more). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle, make a trip to Hotel de la Bourse, examine the collection at Musee Ernest Cognacq, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Rochelle online route planner.

Drive from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. June in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Theme Parks · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Promenade Sainte Catherine and Vitrail Color. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion), Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, don't miss a visit to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, and admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip itinerary app.

Getting from La Rochelle to Bordeaux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from La Rochelle in June, you will find days in Bordeaux are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Shop till you drop at Marche Victor Hugo and Hotel d'Assezat. Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Albi (Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, &more) and Carcassonne Center (Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), Cité de Carcassonne, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, and make a trip to Le Capitole.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Toulouse trip builder app.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to fly to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marseille

— 5 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Shop till you drop at La Croisette and Marche Forville. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon, Palais des Papes, &more), Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Musee Granet (in Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, stroll around Le Palais de Justice, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille travel planner.

You can fly from Toulouse to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Lyon

— 5 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse and Marche de la Croix-Rousse. Venture out of the city with trips to Beaune (Domaine Baptiste Guyot, Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, &more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in July, plan for little chillier nights in Lyon, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Lyon

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Annecy

— 5 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Annecy: Ville Ancienne (in Chambery), Walibi Rhone-Alpes (in Les Avenieres) and Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Fier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Tournette, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Europe.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Annecy vacation planner.

You can drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Strasbourg

— 5 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Head to Cristal Lehrer Bruno and Marche Couvertfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Domaine Viticole Dischler (in Wolxheim), Colmar (Little Venice & Eglise St-Martin) and Albert Maurer - Viticulteur (in Eichhoffen). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, indulge your senses at VinoRoute - Oenotourisme en Alsace, and step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Annecy to Strasbourg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Lille.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Lille

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Northern France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Heroes Square, pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, explore the different monuments and memorials at Le Memorial International De Notre-Dame-De-Lorette, then admire the striking features of Chambre de Commerce, then make a trip to Grande Place, and finally look for gifts at L'Abbaye des Saveurs. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Etienne, then examine the collection at Musée du Louvre-Lens, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Carvin.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lille using our trip planner.

You can fly from Strasbourg to Lille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Strasbourg in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lille: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Amiens.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Amiens

— 5 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.
Head to Grande Rederie d'Amiens and Galeries Bartoux Honfleurfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amiens: Honfleur (La force d'un reve, Vieux Bassin, &more), Navigation Normande - Le Havre (in Le Havre) and Australian National Memorial (in Fouilloy). On the 26th (Mon), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Le Touquet Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, admire the masterpieces at Musee de Picardie, take a stroll through St-Leu, and take in nature's colorful creations at Barques des hortillonnages - Jardin des Vertueux.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amiens travel route planner.

You can take a train from Lille to Amiens in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Amiens, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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.