28 days in France Itinerary

28 days in France Itinerary

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Calais
— 1 day
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Rouen
— 2 nights
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Rennes
— 2 nights
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Nantes
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Limoges
— 2 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Dijon
— 3 nights
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Nancy
— 3 nights
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Reims
— 2 nights
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Lille
— 3 nights
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Calais
— 2 nights

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Calais

Calais ©

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for gifts at Pidou Superstores, kick back and relax at Calais Beach, then appreciate the history behind The Burghers of Calais, and finally see the interesting displays at La Cite De La Dentelle Et De La Mode De Calais.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Calais trip itinerary builder app.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Lille-Lesquin Airport, Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport and Deauville-Saint-Gatien Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Calais can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Calais

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
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Calais Beach ©
Calais Beach
Pidou Superstores ©
Pidou Superstores

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Rouen

Rouen ©

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, steep yourself in history at Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, then steep yourself in history at Palais de Justice, then don't miss a visit to Parlement de Normandie, and finally wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee national de l'Education, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vivien, don't miss a visit to Rue Eau de Robec, then see the interesting displays at Musee Secq des Tournelles, then wander the streets of Tour Jeanne d'Arc, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Godard.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rouen trip planner.

You can drive from Calais to Rouen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calais in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Rouen, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge
Hotel de Bourgtheroulde ©
Hotel de Bourgtheroulde
Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou ©
Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou

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Rennes

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Thabor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Couvent des Jacobins, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine, then make a trip to Centre Historique de Rennes, and finally don't miss a visit to Place des Lices.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rennes trip maker.

You can drive from Rouen to Rennes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Rennes are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes ©
Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes
Couvent des Jacobins ©
Couvent des Jacobins
Eglise du Thabor ©
Eglise du Thabor

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Nantes

Nantes ©

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Le Temple du Jeu Nantes, then wander the streets of Place Graslin, and then wander the streets of Passage Pommeraye. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Croix, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, and finally walk around Parc de Proce.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nantes trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Rennes to Nantes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Eglise Sainte Croix ©
Eglise Sainte Croix
Passage Pommeraye ©
Passage Pommeraye
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

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La Rochelle

La Rochelle

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee Maritime de La Rochelle and Marche du Centre Ville. Get some historical perspective at Citadelle Vauban and Eglise St-Sauveur. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, and stroll around Parc Charruyer.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Rochelle trip planning website.

You can drive from Nantes to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:
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Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Citadelle Vauban ©
Citadelle Vauban
Spas

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©

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 12th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Prieure de Cayac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Paloumey, then don't miss a visit to Porte Cailhau, and finally wander the streets of Port of the Moon. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret, then do a tasting at Chateau La Croizille, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Beaurang, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bordeaux, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Limoges.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Chateau Paloumey ©
Chateau Paloumey
Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion ©
Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion
Porte Cailhau ©
Porte Cailhau

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Limoges

Limoges ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Eglise Saint Pierre du Queyroix, make a trip to La Cour du Temple, then ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Etienne, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Mon Spa.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Limoges day trip app.

Getting from Bordeaux to Limoges by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Limoges, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths
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Eglise Saint Pierre du Queyroix ©
Eglise Saint Pierre du Queyroix
Cathedrale St-Etienne ©
Cathedrale St-Etienne
Mon Spa ©
Mon Spa

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Lyon

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.
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Food Tours and Walking tours. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Place des Jacobins, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Limoges to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Lyon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dijon.

Things to do in Lyon

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Spas
The Presqu'ile ©
The Presqu'ile

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Dijon

Dijon ©

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon and Porte Guillaume. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Owl's Trail and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Tour Philippe le Bon, browse the eclectic array of goods at The Market, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dijon trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Dijon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nancy.

Things to do in Dijon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Owl's Trail ©
Owl's Trail
Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon ©
Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon
Palace of the Dukes ©
Palace of the Dukes

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Nancy

Nancy ©

Cultural Heart of Lorraine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Hotel de Ville, gain interesting insight with La Madeleine, then make a trip to L'arc Here, then make a trip to Basilique Saint-Epvre, and finally stroll around Parc de la Pepiniere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Eglise des Cordeliers, appreciate the history behind Place de la Carriere, don't miss a visit to La Porte de la Craffe, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours, and finally make a trip to Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nancy trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Dijon to Nancy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nancy are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Nancy

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Eglise des Cordeliers ©
Eglise des Cordeliers
Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours ©
Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours
Place de la Carriere ©
Place de la Carriere

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Reims

Reims ©

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Popular historic sites such as Basilique Saint-Remi and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Champagne Taittinger and Cryptoportique. Explore Reims' surroundings by going to Cite du Champagne (in Ay) and Paul-Etienne Saint Germain (in Epernay). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Champagnes Pommery, admire the local landmark of Fontaine Sube, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jacques, and examine the collection at Hotel Le Vergeur Museum.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Reims trip planner.

You can take a train from Nancy to Reims in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lille.

Things to do in Reims

Wineries · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

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Basilique Saint-Remi ©
Basilique Saint-Remi
Champagne Taittinger ©
Champagne Taittinger
Cite du Champagne ©
Cite du Champagne

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Lille

Lille ©

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vieux-Lille and Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery. Visit La Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Pozieres Memorial for their historical value. Take a break from Lille with a short trip to Butte de Warlencourt in Warlencourt-Eaucourt, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at La Grande Braderie de Lille, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place du Theatre, take in the history at Fromelles and Flanders Battlefield Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lille trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Reims to Lille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Lille are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a train to Calais.

Things to do in Lille

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
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Vieux-Lille ©
Vieux-Lille
Spas
Pozieres Memorial ©
Pozieres Memorial

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Calais

Calais ©

Gate to the North

On the 29th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Musée de la Guerre de Calais, then contemplate the long history of Tour du Guet, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame, and finally stop by Majestic Wine Calais.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Calais trip planner.

Getting from Lille to Calais by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Calais

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
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Tour du Guet ©
Tour du Guet
Majestic Wine Calais ©
Majestic Wine Calais
Eglise Notre-Dame ©
Eglise Notre-Dame

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