22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar
— 3 nights
Fly
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lourdes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Blois
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Evreux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 3 nights
Fly

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Colmar

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Musée d'Unterlinden and Old Town. Get some historical perspective at Ancien camp de concentration de Natzweiler-Struthof and Chateau du Hagelschloss. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colmar: Orschwiller (Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg & Eglise Saint-Maurice) and Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile (in Ottrott). There's more to do: make a trip to Vieille Ville.

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Sydney, Australia to Colmar is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Colmar. Traveling from Sydney in November, expect Colmar to be much colder, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Arles.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

3
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Arles

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Get some historical perspective at Eglise St-Trophime and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Explore hidden gems such as St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) and Abbaye de Montmajour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arles: Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes), Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum, and admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles planning site.

You can fly from Colmar to Arles in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Colmar in November, expect Arles to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 15:

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Lourdes

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilique Saint-Pie X and Boulevard des Pyrenees. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grotte de Massabielle and Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption d'Aspin-en-Lavedan. Take a break from Lourdes with a short trip to Château de Pau in Pau, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, examine the collection at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette, and get to know the fascinating history of Moulin Lacade - Maison Paternelle de Sainte Bernadette.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lourdes travel route builder app.

Getting from Arles to Lourdes by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Arles in November, plan for little chillier nights in Lourdes, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

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Blois

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.
Chateau de Valencay and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau Royal de Blois and Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Villandry in Villandry (about 1 hour away). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Blois trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Lourdes to Blois in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. November in Blois sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Popular historic sites such as Bayeux War Cemetery and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, and kick back and relax at Omaha Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux tour builder site.

You can drive from Blois to Bayeux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Evreux.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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Evreux

Évreux is situated in the pleasant valley of river Iton, arms of which traverse the town.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art, Histoire Et Archeologie d'Evreux, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Evreux, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Meshi Mushki. On your second day here, indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Chapelle, stroll around Arbr’en Ciel, and then explore the ancient world of Abbaye de Jumieges.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Evreux route planning site.

Getting from Bayeux to Evreux by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Evreux, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Amiens.

Things to do in Evreux

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:

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Amiens

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 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musee Somme 1916, contemplate the long history of Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, and then pause for some photo ops at Thiepval Memorial. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, then admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and finally wander the streets of St-Leu.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amiens itinerary planner.

Getting from Evreux to Amiens by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amiens

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:

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.