57 days in France & Canton of Aargau Itinerary

57 days in France & Canton of Aargau Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Aarau
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Aarau, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport
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Montpellier, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne, France
— 7 nights
Drive
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Toulouse, France
— 5 nights
Fly
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Nantes, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Les Sables-d'Olonne, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Angers, France
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 23 nights
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Aarau, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Aarau is a town, a municipality, and the capital of the northern Swiss canton of Aargau. You'll explore and learn at Wildegg Castle and Kloster Konigsfelden. Your inner history buff will appreciate Muri Abbey and Hallwyl Castle. Change things up with a short trip to Klingnauer Stausee in Klingnau (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildpark Roggenhausen, see the interesting displays at Stiftung Bahnpark Region Brugg, admire the striking features of Obertorturm, and delve into the lush surroundings at Linner Linde.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Aarau is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. September in Aarau sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Montpellier.

Things to do in Aarau

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Montpellier, France

— 4 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Fabre and Cathedrale St-Pierre. Popular historic sites such as La Maison Carree and Eglise Saint Etienne de Cantobre are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to G.a.e.c Les Fontaines (in Allegre-les-Fumades), La Pointe du Cap-d'Agde (in Cap-d'Agde) and Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap). The adventure continues: stroll around Maison de la Nature, look for all kinds of wild species at La Maison des Vautours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Le Saltadou- Panorama de St Chely du Tarn, and admire the natural beauty at Domaine Departemental de Restinclieres.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Aarau to Montpellier. In September, Montpellier is somewhat warmer than Aarau - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Carcassonne, France

— 7 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Get some cultural insight at Cité de Carcassonne and Cathar Castles. Popular historic sites such as La Cite Medievale and Chateau Comtal are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Eglise abbatiale Saint Michel , son cloitre et le linteau (in Saint Genis des Fontaines), Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Port-Vendres). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Heptagonale Sainte Marie, stop by Jeff de Bruges Carcassonne, and delve into the distant past at La Chapelle Saint-Roch.

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Getting from Montpellier to Carcassonne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Toulouse, France

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Saint-Sernin and Church of Les Jacobins. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee des Augustins and Domaine des Oiseaux. Explore Toulouse's surroundings by going to Pays de l'Ours - ADET (in Arbas), Gouffre de la Saoule (in Mauleon Barousse) and Lourdes (Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, &more). There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse and look for all kinds of wild species at La Foret des Singes.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Toulouse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 5 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Visit Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul for their historical value. Les Machines de L'ile and Musee de l'Imprimerie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nantes: La Maison de la Riviere (in Saint-Georges-de-Montaigu), Chateaubriant (La Carriere des Fusilles & Chateau de Chateaubriant) and Musee des Ustensiles de Cuisine Anciens (in Saint-Denis-la-Chevasse). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tiffauges, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Cimetiere Parc, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Anse Du Sud, and walk around Tropicarium Bonsai.

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Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Nantes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Nantes are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Les Sables-d'Olonne.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Les Sables-d'Olonne, France

— 4 nights
Les Sables-d'Olonne is a seaside town in western France, on the Atlantic Ocean. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Feerie des Santons and Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise. You'll explore and learn at Musee Charles Milcendeau and Prehisto'site du CAIRN. Explore Les Sables-d'Olonne's surroundings by going to Marais Communal (in Lairoux), La Chapelle Sainte-Ursule (in Lucon) and Reserve Naturelle Regionale du Marais de la Vacherie (in Champagne-les-Marais). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Embarcadere de l'Abbaye, find something for the whole family at Le Grand Defi, identify plant and animal life at Reserve Biologique Departementale de Nalliers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

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You can drive from Nantes to Les Sables-d'Olonne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Les Sables-d'Olonne can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Angers.

Things to do in Les Sables-d'Olonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Angers, France

— 4 nights

City of Flowers

Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Montreuil-Bellay and Chateau de Breze. Get a sense of the local culture at Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale and Art Chapel Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Angers: Laval (Basilique Notre-Dame d'Avesnieres & Jardin de la Perrine), Le Mans City (Arche de la Nature & Chapelle de la Visitation) and Eglise Saint Michel (in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du Genie Militaire, admire the masterpieces at Musee Robert Tatin, get engrossed in the history at Musee des Blindes, and look for all kinds of wild species at Jardin d'Atmosphere du Petit Bordeaux.

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Drive from Les Sables-d'Olonne to Angers in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Angers can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 23 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 some cultural sightseeing at Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Parc Du Peuple De L'Herbe (in Carrieres-sous-Poissy), Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt) and Versailles (Académie Équestre de Versailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, make a trip to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

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Take a train from Angers to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Paris are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Canton of Aargau travel guide

4.1
Spas · Room Escape Games · Castles
Relaxation and tranquillity await you at the Canton of Aargau, best known for its hot sulphur and saline springs. The pile-dwellings of Beinwil am See and Seengen, both World Heritage Sites, evidence prehistoric settlements of the Neolithic and Bronze Age, while the villages of Endingen and Lengnau served as the country's Jewish ghetto in the 17th century. The region's heavily wooded plateau interlaced with rivers features plenty of ruined castles, fortresses, and old museums to peak your interest. Tour through local vineyards by foot or bike, or wash your worries away at the famed thermal spas.

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Pays de la Loire travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Specialty Museums · Castles
With 368 km (230 miles) of Atlantic Ocean coast, Pays de la Loire is a region rich with picturesque ports, renowned seaside resorts, salt marshes, and a strong maritime tradition. As a vivacious region, it hosts two legendary races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans car races in June and the Vendée Globe sailing races in November. With five departments, the majority of the famous châteaux and attractions of the Loire Valley are located in the Centre region, and not in the Pays de la Loire, despite the name. However, you will be happy to find that the weather is mild and conducive to biking, strolling, boating, and sightseeing around the region while discovering its secrets, such as its vineyards and wineries from Saumur to Anjou.

Ile-de-France travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Île-de-France offers a wealth of treasures from its Parisian urban culture and natural frontiers to its romantic river walks along artistic landscapes that continue to inspire painters. The heartland of the country is like a miniature version of France as a whole, offering a sample of everything you've come to expect in the country: charming villages, museums, cathedrals, châteaux, parks, forests, river lands, and world-class shopping and restaurants, of course. Many locals still refer to the region as Région Parisienne or RP, because it's the most populated and affluent metropolitan area of the country. Although this region is small, it has borne witness to great historical battles, canvasses painted by old masters, and centuries of royalty, as evidenced by its wealth of attractions. Your vacation in the economic, religious, and political hub of France brings you up close and personal with diverse historical monuments, the pink turrets of Disney's castle, and the three surrounding rivers: the Seine, the Marne and the Oise.