15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Fontaine de Vaucluse
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Nimes
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Montpellier
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Millau
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Najac
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cahors
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Clermont-Ferrand
— 1 night
9
Lyon
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
Fontaine de Vaucluse

Fontaine de Vaucluse ©
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.HeraldryThe coat of arms of the village of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is:"Blue, with a Trout and a Grayling, poised horizontally." (Malte-Brun, in France Illustrated, book V, 1884)GeographyFontaine-de-Vaucluse is built around a spring in a valley at the foot of the Vaucluse Mountains, between Saumane and Lagnes, not far from L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. On the 4th (Wed), head outdoors with K-Lade, head outdoors with Canoe Evasion, and then take in the exciting artwork at retouR De Voyage. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Saumane Arts & Vin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and then stroll through Les Gorges de Veroncle.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Fontaine de Vaucluse trip planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Fontaine de Vaucluse is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Minneapolis to Fontaine de Vaucluse, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Fontaine de Vaucluse

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Gordes, Saumane Arts & Vin, retouR De Voyage
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Les Gorges de Veroncle ©
Les Gorges de Veroncle
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Canoe Evasion ©
Canoe Evasion

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nights
Nimes

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Arenes de Nimes, delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and finally take in the views from Pont d'Avignon. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Pont du Gard, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

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Drive from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Nimes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Nimes sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Avignon, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Carrieres des Lumieres, Pont du Gard
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Arenes de Nimes ©
Arenes de Nimes

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nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then do a tasting at Bertrand Bosc, and then stop by Pomme de Reinette et Pomme d'Api.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Montpellier itinerary site .

Montpellier is just a stone's throw from Nimes. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Montpellier

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
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Bertrand Bosc ©
Bertrand Bosc
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue ©
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue

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Millau

Millau ©
Best known for its sheepskin gloves, Millau was at the head of the French fashion industry for gloves for two centuries.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Aeropaint Paintball Lasergame Millau, then have some family-friendly fun at P'tite Frimousse & Laser Team, then snap pictures at Viaduc de Millau, and finally head outdoors with A2 Parapente.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Millau trip builder app .

Drive from Montpellier to Millau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Montpellier in September, things will get a bit cooler in Millau: highs are around 71°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Najac.

Things to do in Millau

Outdoors Fun & Games
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Aeropaint Paintball Lasergame Millau ©
Viaduc de Millau ©
Viaduc de Millau
A2 Parapente ©
A2 Parapente

1
night
Najac

Najac ©
Najac is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France.Najac village is set along a ridge above a bend in the Aveyron River. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get your game on at Cosmozone and then explore the historical opulence of Forteresse de Najac.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Najac route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Millau to Najac takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Millau in September; daily highs in Najac reach 78°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cahors.

Things to do in Najac

Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cosmozone
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Cosmozone ©
Cosmozone
Forteresse de Najac ©
Forteresse de Najac

1
night
Cahors

Cahors ©
Almost entirely surrounded by water, Cahors is a lovely medieval peninsular town located in the heart of the red wine country.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Chateau Saint-Sernin, then take in the views from Pont Valentre, then head outdoors with Mont Saint-Cyr, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Etienne.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cahors day trip planning website .

Drive from Najac to Cahors in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cahors when traveling from Najac in September, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Cahors

Outdoors Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau Saint-Sernin
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Cathedrale Saint-Etienne ©
Cathedrale Saint-Etienne
Pont Valentre ©
Pont Valentre

2
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes. On your second day here, stroll through Au pas de l'ane. Location d'anes, stroll through Lascaux II, then don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, and finally step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

To plan Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Cahors to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, Chateau des Milandes, Lascaux II, Kayaking & Canoeing, The Maison Forte de Reignac
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Commarque ©
Chateau de Commarque

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night
Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand ©
Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Clermont-Ferrand travel planner.

Drive from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Clermont-Ferrand in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in September: highs in Clermont-Ferrand hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Nature Parks
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Puy-de-Dome ©
Puy-de-Dome

2
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, appreciate the extensive heritage of Secrets d'Apiculteur, and then make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lyon trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Clermont-Ferrand to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Trails
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

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