55 days in France Itinerary

55 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

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Paris
— 4 nights
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Chartres
— 2 nights
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Vezelay
— 1 night
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Troyes
— 1 night
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Nancy
— 2 nights
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Metz
— 1 night
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
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Colmar
— 1 night
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Yvoire
— 1 night
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Chamonix
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Roussillon
— 1 night
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Grasse
— 1 night
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
— 2 nights
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Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert
— 1 night
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Toulouse
— 1 night
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Fources
— 1 night
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Bordeaux
— 1 night
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Domme
— 2 nights
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 1 night
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Tours
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 1 night
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Ploumanac'h
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 1 night
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Amiens
— 1 night
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Calais
— 2 nights
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Reims
— 1 night
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Paris

— 4 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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Paris, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Paris hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Chartres

— 2 nights
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chartres Cathedral and then take a stroll through Chartres Historic Preservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Chateaudun, then don't miss a visit to église St Pierre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Aignan.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chartres online route maker.

You can drive from Paris to Chartres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Vezelay.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vezelay

— 1 night
Vézelay is a commune in the Yonne department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in north-central France. To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vezelay journey builder.

Traveling by car from Chartres to Vezelay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Chartres in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Vezelay: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 1°C at night. You will leave for Troyes on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Vezelay

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Outdoors

Troyes

— 1 night

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the striking features of Église Sainte-Madeleine, get to know the fascinating history of Ruelle des Chats, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Maison de l'Outil et de la Pensee Ouvriere, then admire the masterpieces at Musee D'art Moderne, and then revel in the low prices at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Troyes.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Troyes road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Vezelay to Troyes in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dijon.

Things to do in Troyes

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Dijon

— 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere, trek along Owl's Trail, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, and finally make a trip to Place de la Liberation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dijon trip planner.

You can drive from Troyes to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Dijon can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nancy.

Things to do in Dijon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Nancy

— 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nancy, don't miss a visit to Place Stanislas, and then meet the residents at Museum-Aquarium de Nancy.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nancy road trip planning tool.

Getting from Dijon to Nancy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Metz.

Things to do in Nancy

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Metz

— 1 night

City of Light

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Œuvre de la cathédrale, see the interesting displays at Centre Pompidou-Metz, and then make a trip to Gare de Metz-Ville.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Metz planner.

Getting from Nancy to Metz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In January in Metz, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Metz

Museums · Historic Sites

Strasbourg

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): wander the streets of La Petite France, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, then get engrossed in the history at Musée Archéologique, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg. On the next day, appreciate the history behind Place Kleber, then admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, and then get a sense of history and politics at European Parliament Strasbourg.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg tour planner.

Traveling by car from Metz to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Colmar

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and then don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Kaysersberg, then make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then stop by Little Venice, and finally make a trip to Old Town.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colmar trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yvoire.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yvoire

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Excenevex Plage, then head outdoors with Parcours Aventure de Sciez, and then see the interesting displays at Musee de Prehistoire Et Geologie de Sciez.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yvoire trip planner.

Drive from Colmar to Yvoire in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry; or take a bus. January in Yvoire sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chamonix.

Things to do in Yvoire

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Chamonix

— 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix visit app.

You can drive from Yvoire to Chamonix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks · Winter Sports · Nature · Outdoors

Lyon

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Sun), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, and then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and finally walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Lyon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Roussillon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Roussillon

— 1 night
On the 10th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin du Bois Marquis and then do a tasting at Domaine Boissonnet.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Roussillon trip website.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Roussillon takes an hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Roussillon when traveling from Lyon in January, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Roussillon

Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Nice

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Roussillon to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Roussillon in January, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 15°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grasse.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Grasse

— 1 night
Grasse is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department, on the French Riviera.The town is considered the world's capital of perfume. On the 14th (Sat), examine the collection at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, take in breathtaking views at Gorges du Loup, and then see the interesting displays at Musee International de la Parfumerie.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grasse driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Grasse takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Grasse sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Grasse

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Saint-Tropez

— 2 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 15th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, learn about all things military at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Remarquable l'Hardy - Denonain, and finally look for gifts at Rondini. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Thalasso Spa Les Issambres, stroll through Base Nature Francois Leotard, and then let little ones run wild at Total Xscape.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez vacation planner.

Getting from Grasse to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Museums · Spas · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): walk around Parc du Mugel, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then stop by Le Bazar de Cesar Savonnerie, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Marseille, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

— 2 nights
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a town and commune on the Sorgue river in southeastern France. On the 19th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, then don't miss a visit to Waterwheel Circuit, and then make a trip to Collegiale Notre Dame des Anges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): look for gifts at La Cour aux Saveurs, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Marseille in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert.

Things to do in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert

— 1 night
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France.Situated in the narrow valley of the Gellone river where it meets the steep sided gorge of the Hérault River, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is essentially a medieval village located on the Chemin de St-Jacques pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella.HistoryThe village has maintained its historic state. On the 21st (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lac du Salagou, look for gifts at L'Occitan, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert sightseeing planner.

Getting from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue to Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Toulouse

— 1 night

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.
On the 22nd (Sun), don't miss a visit to Le Capitole, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, then contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Toulouse day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Toulouse are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Fources.

Things to do in Toulouse

Spas · Museums · Historic Sites

Fources

— 1 night
Fourcès is a commune in the Gers department in the Occitanie region in southwestern France known for its circular place.GeographyFourcès lies near Castelnau-d'Auzan and Montréal.The Auzoue flows north through the middle of the commune. On the 23rd (Mon), indulge your senses at Domaine de Magnaut, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Poudenas, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Liege, and finally don't miss a visit to La bastide de Fources.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fources trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Fources in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Fources can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Fources

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then make a trip to The Water Mirror, and finally examine the collection at La Cite du Vin.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fources to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Domme.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites

Domme

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Les Mysterieux Graffiti, then stop by Librairie Histoire de Lire, and then Head underground at La Grotte De Domme.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Domme trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Domme takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Domme can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Domme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Clermont-Ferrand

— 1 night

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome Volcano.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Clermont-Ferrand trip planner.

Drive from Domme to Clermont-Ferrand in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tours.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Tours

— 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, browse the exhibits of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Place Plumereau, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then don't miss a visit to Basilique Saint Martin.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tours route planning app.

Drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Tours in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Tours sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

La Rochelle

— 1 night

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.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll through Plage de Chatelaillon, then meet the residents at Aquarium La Rochelle, and then don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle trip planner.

Getting from Tours to La Rochelle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ploumanac'h.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ploumanac'h

— 2 nights
Ploumanac'h is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse and indulge in some personalized pampering at O2 Mondes.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ploumanac'h driving holiday planner.

Getting from La Rochelle to Ploumanac'h by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Ploumanac'h

Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 3rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey, then don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and finally make a trip to Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to La Grande Rue, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Mont-Saint-Michel day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ploumanac'h to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Mont-Saint-Michel can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 1 night
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
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You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Honfleur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Amiens.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Amiens

— 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, then take a stroll through St-Leu, and finally take an in-depth tour of Maison de Jules Verne.

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Traveling by car from Honfleur to Amiens takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Amiens are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Calais.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Calais

— 2 nights

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
On the 6th (Mon), take a tour of MyFerryLink, then stop by Calais Wine Superstore, and then appreciate the history behind The Burghers of Calais. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Le Touquet Beach.

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Traveling by car from Amiens to Calais takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Calais can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Reims.

Things to do in Calais

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Reims

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 8th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Champagnes Pommery, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Saint-Remi, then admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, then do a tasting at Champagne Taittinger, and then see the interesting displays at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum.

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Traveling by car from Calais to Reims takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Reims can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

France travel guide

4.3
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.