11 days in Grand Est Itinerary

11 days in Grand Est Itinerary

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Fly to Luxembourg, Train to Metz
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Metz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nancy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colmar
— 2 nights
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Train to Saint-Louis, Shuttle to Basel, Fly to Dublin

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Metz — 2 nights

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 31st (Sun): admire the striking features of Œuvre de la cathédrale, see where the ancients bathed at Villa Pompei, then contemplate the long history of Templar's Chapel, and finally get outside with Plan d'Eau de Metz. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, play a few rounds at UGOLF Chateau de Cherisey, and then see the interesting displays at Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Before you visit Metz, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dublin, Ireland to Metz is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Metz is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in July; daily highs in Metz reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Nancy.
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Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Baths
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Nancy — 3 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Place Stanislas and Maison Natale de Jeanne d’Arc. Step out of the city life by going to Lac de Bouzey and L'Enclos Des Cigognes. Step out of Nancy with an excursion to Thermes de Vittel Les Thermes de Vittel - Parc Thermal in Vittel--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy, stroll around Parc de la Pepiniere, head outdoors with Pole Aquatique Grand Nancy, and admire the striking features of Place d'Alliance.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nancy visit planning tool.

Getting from Metz to Nancy by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. August in Nancy sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.
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Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Spas
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Strasbourg — 3 nights

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.
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and VinoVarlot are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Buvette aux Sept Ecluses and Cascade du Hohwald. Venture out of the city with trips to Cascade du Nideck (in Oberhaslach) and Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of La Petite France, don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, stop by Alsace Factory, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort de Mutzig.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Strasbourg trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nancy to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colmar.
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Colmar — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet, wander the streets of Little Venice, and then explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Old Town, then make a trip to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colmar day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Colmar are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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