9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Amiens
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Amiens
— 1 day
Drive
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Sainte-Marie-du-Mont
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fontainebleau
— 1 night
Train
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Colmar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Val Thorens
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Lyon, Fly to Albi
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Albi
— 1 night
Fly

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Amiens

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): visit St-Leu, then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and then get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Amiens trip maker app.

Edinburgh, UK to Amiens is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Amiens. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

Things to do in Amiens

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Thu), stop by La Maison du Biscuit, then see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally get engrossed in the history at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sainte-Marie-du-Mont trip planner.

Drive from Amiens to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Fontainebleau.

Things to do in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fontainebleau

— 1 night
Fontainebleau is a commune in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. On the 26th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte and then admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Fontainebleau.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fontainebleau trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sainte-Marie-du-Mont to Fontainebleau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Fontainebleau

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Colmar

— 2 nights

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 27th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Martin, then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, and finally explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, don't miss a visit to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then make a trip to Vieille Ville.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colmar online road trip planner.

Take a train from Fontainebleau to Colmar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. December in Colmar sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Val Thorens

— 2 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): hit the slopes at Val Cenis, then get outside with 6km Toboggan Run Val Thorens, and then hit the slopes at Prosneige. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Val Thorens trip builder app.

You can drive from Colmar to Val Thorens in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Val Thorens sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Albi.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Classes

Side Trip

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 31st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then don't miss a visit to Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Albi vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Val Thorens to Albi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Albi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.