17 days in Colmar, Cherbourg-Octeville & Paris Itinerary

17 days in Colmar, Cherbourg-Octeville & Paris Itinerary

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17 days in Colmar, Cherbourg-Octeville & Paris Itinerary

Start: Florence
Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
1
Colmar
— 4 nights
+3
train + subway + foot + train:  7​h
2
Cherbourg-Octeville
— 4 nights
3
Paris
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Florence

4
nights
Colmar

Colmar ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colmar: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller), Strasbourg (Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg & La Petite France) and Nancy (Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy & Place Stanislas). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, make a trip to Old Town, take a stroll through Little Venice, and admire the landmark architecture of Koifhus (Old Custom House).

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colmar online vacation planner .

Florence, Italy to Colmar is an approximately 6-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Florence in August, with highs in Colmar at 30°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nancy, Strasbourg, Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Place Stanislas ©
Place Stanislas
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

4
nights
Cherbourg-Octeville

Cherbourg-Octeville ©
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cherbourg-Octeville: American Cemetery & Memorial (in Colleville-sur-Mer), Church of Sainte-Mère-Église (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Bayeux (Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux & Bayeux War Cemetery). The adventure continues: trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at La Cite de la Mer, and go for a stroll along the water at port du Hable.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherbourg-Octeville trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Colmar to Cherbourg-Octeville in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colmar in August: highs in Cherbourg-Octeville hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bayeux, Golf Paysan, port du Hable, Normandy American Cemetery, Chateau Fort de Pirou
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Cite de La Mare ©
Cite de La Mare
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

8
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris route maker app .

Getting from Cherbourg-Octeville to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cherbourg-Octeville in August, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Triumphal Arch, Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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