49 days in France Itinerary

49 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner

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Drive to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport, Fly to Marseille Provence Airport, Drive to Aix-en-Provence
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
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Montpellier
— 1 night
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence
— 2 nights
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Cassis
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Strasbourg
— 2 nights
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Metz
— 2 nights
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Reims
— 1 night
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Troyes
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Lille
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 1 night
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Cherbourg-Octeville
— 3 nights
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Rennes
— 1 night
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Saint-Brieuc
— 2 nights
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Quimper
— 1 day
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Brest
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Limoges
— 1 night
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Blois
— 2 nights
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Orleans
— 1 night
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Auxerre
— 1 night
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Dijon
— 2 nights
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Roanne City
— 1 night
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Lyon
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Aix-en-Provence

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the striking features of Le Tour de l'Horloge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire, look for gifts at Rose et Marius, then steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, then admire the striking features of Hotel de Chateaurenard, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence road trip site.

Potenza, Italy to Aix-en-Provence is an approximately 8-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. April in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Montpellier

— 1 night
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Place de la Comedie, admire the landmark architecture of Place de la Canourgue, then don't miss a visit to Porte du Peyrou, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Montpellier trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In April in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Saint-Remy-de-Provence

— 2 nights
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.HistoryThe town is named after Saint Remigius.GeographySaint-Rémy-de-Provence is situated about 20km south of Avignon, just north of the Alpilles mountain range.TransportationThe high-speed train station is 20 km from the city. On the 5th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, relax in the rural setting at Moulin à Huile d' Olive du Calanquet, admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then explore the ancient world of Les Antiques, then admire the landmark architecture of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Van Gogh Walk.

Plan my day in Saint-Remy-de-Provence using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Montpellier to Saint-Remy-de-Provence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Saint-Remy-de-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Cassis

— 2 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. On the 7th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take some stellar pictures from Calanque de Port-Miou. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parc du Mugel, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Port de Cassis.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cassis trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Remy-de-Provence to Cassis in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Cassis

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Marseille

— 4 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.
Marseille is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille online holiday planner.

You can drive from Cassis to Marseille in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Marseille are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller) and Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, and ponder the world of politics at European Parliament Strasbourg.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Strasbourg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Marseille in April, expect Strasbourg to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Metz.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Metz

— 2 nights

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.
On the 14th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Œuvre de la cathédrale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Gare de Metz-Ville, examine the collection at Centre Pompidou-Metz, then make a trip to Place Stanislas, and finally admire the local landmark of Place Duroc.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Metz vacation website.

Drive from Strasbourg to Metz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Metz sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Reims.

Things to do in Metz

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Reims

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): do a tasting at La Maison Mumm, learn about winemaking at Champagnes Pommery, then contemplate the long history of Basilique Saint-Remi, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Reims sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Metz to Reims by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Reims are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Troyes.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites

Troyes

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of Stained Glass

Many half-timbered houses from the 16th century remain in wonderful condition in the old town of Troyes.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Nigloland, Parc D'Attractions & Hotel. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Église Sainte-Madeleine, make a trip to Ruelle des Chats, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de L'hotel Juvenal des Ursins, then stop by 1520 Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Troyes travel route website.

Getting from Reims to Troyes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Troyes

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Troyes to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Paris, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Lille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
On the 24th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Lille Zoo, make a trip to Grande Place, explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, then take a stroll through Vieux-Lille, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chambre de Commerce. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Carvin, examine the collection at Musée du Louvre-Lens, then pause for some photo ops at Monument et Parc commémoratifs du Canada à Vimy, then brush up on your military savvy at Carriere Wellington, and finally make a trip to Heroes Square.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lille tour itinerary planner.

Take a train from Paris to Lille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lille are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Lille

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Place du Vieux-Marche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, contemplate the long history of Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rouen travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Lille to Rouen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Rouen sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Cherbourg-Octeville

— 3 nights
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cherbourg-Octeville: Bayeux ( Bayeux War Cemetery, Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, &more), Remains Mulberry Harbour (in Arromanches-les-Bains) and Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame de la Delivrande, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, and walk around Parc Emmanuel Liais.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cherbourg-Octeville tour planner.

Getting from Rouen to Cherbourg-Octeville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Cherbourg-Octeville, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rennes

— 1 night
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, make a trip to Portes Mordelaises, admire the landmark architecture of Parlement de Bretagne, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Rennes, then see the interesting displays at Les Champs Libres, and finally stroll around Parc du Thabor.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rennes day trip planning website.

You can drive from Cherbourg-Octeville to Rennes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cherbourg-Octeville in April, expect nights in Rennes to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Brieuc.

Things to do in Rennes

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Saint-Brieuc

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Delivrance, stroll through Les Chaos du Gouet, kick back and relax at La Grande Plage des Rosaires, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Roselier, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Etienne.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Saint-Brieuc trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Rennes to Saint-Brieuc in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Rennes in April, expect nights in Saint-Brieuc to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 15°C. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Quimper.

Things to do in Saint-Brieuc

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Quimper

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Centre Historique de Locronan, then explore the world behind art at Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Quimper, then steep yourself in history at Saint Corentin Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Mathieu.

Plan trip to Quimper with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Saint-Brieuc to Quimper takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Brest.

Things to do in Quimper

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brest

— 2 nights
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. On the 3rd (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Musee national de la Marine, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Vallon du stang Alar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Viaduct, explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taureau, and then get great views at Pointe de Pen-al-Lann.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Brest tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Quimper to Brest in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Brest

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, make a trip to The Water Mirror, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Grande Dune du Pilat.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux attractions planner.

Drive from Brest to Bordeaux in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. When traveling from Brest in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Limoges.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Limoges

— 1 night

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at Centre de la Memoire, then take an in-depth tour of Oradour-sur-Glane, then contemplate the long history of Quartier de la Boucherie, and finally admire the striking features of Gare de Limoges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Etienne, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de l'Eveche, then examine the collection at Musee National Adrien Dubouche, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint Aurelien.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Limoges road trip app.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Limoges takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bordeaux in May, you will find days in Limoges are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Blois

— 2 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
On the 9th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Villebresme (Maison de Denis Papin), don't miss a visit to Maison de l'Acrobate, then walk around Les Jardins de l’Ancien Eveche, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and then examine the collection at Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Blois trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Limoges to Blois takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Blois are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Orleans.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Orleans

— 1 night
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Place du Martroi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, then stroll around Parc Floral Orleans, and finally steep yourself in history at Hotel Groslot.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Orleans trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Blois to Orleans in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Orleans can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Auxerre.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks

Auxerre

— 1 night
Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne department and the fourth-largest city in Burgundy. On the 12th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye de Saint-Germain d'Auxerre, learn about winemaking at Chablis Vititours, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from The Clock Tower.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Auxerre vacation planning app.

You can drive from Orleans to Auxerre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Auxerre can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Auxerre

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

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 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon, see the interesting displays at Le Cassissium, then learn about winemaking at La Cave de l'Ange Gardien, then see the interesting displays at Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, and finally look for gifts at Athenaeum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, trek along Owl's Trail, explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, then make a trip to Place de la Liberation, then don't miss a visit to Tour Philippe le Bon, and finally make a trip to Rue Des Forges.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Dijon road trip website.

Drive from Auxerre to Dijon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Roanne City.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Roanne City

— 1 night
Roanne is a commune in the Loire department in central France.It is located 90km northwest of Lyon on the Loire River. On the 15th (Sat), look for gifts at Les Halles Diderot, then take in the waterfront activity at Port de Plaisance, then get outside with Le Lac des Sapins, and finally head outdoors with AQUAPROPULSE. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to La Tour Saint Maurice, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Ileades, then examine the collection at Atelier-Musee Du Chapeau, and finally explore the ancient world of Chateau de Couzan.

To find maps and more tourist information, read Roanne City online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dijon to Roanne City in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Roanne City

Outdoors · Spas · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lyon sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Roanne City to Lyon in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.

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