15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + train:  13​h 45​min
1
Lyon
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Romans-sur-Isere
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Montelimar
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Fontaine de Vaucluse
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nimes
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Millau
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Rodez
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Najac
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Cahors
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Clermont-Ferrand
— 1 night
12
Montpellier
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Minneapolis

1
day
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 4th (Wed): admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon trip planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Lyon is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and tram; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and tram. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. In September in Lyon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Romans-sur-Isere.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Golf
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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
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

1
night
Romans-sur-Isere

Romans-sur-Isere ©
Romans-sur-Isère is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France.GeographyRomans-sur-Isère is located on the Isère River, 20km northeast of Valence. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): head outdoors with Route des Belvederes, examine the collection at Cite du Chocolat Valrhona, and then see the interesting displays at Musee International de la Chaussure (International Footwear Museum).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Romans-sur-Isere trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Lyon to Romans-sur-Isere takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montelimar.

Things to do in Romans-sur-Isere

Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Tain-l'Hermitage
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Cite du Chocolat Valrhona ©
Cite du Chocolat Valrhona

1
night
Montelimar

Montelimar ©
Montélimar is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France. On the 6th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur, examine the collection at Terres d'ecriture, then see the interesting displays at Nougat Arnaud Soubeyran Fabrique & Musee, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Escale Aventure.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Montelimar vacation maker app .

Getting from Romans-sur-Isere to Montelimar by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Romans-sur-Isere in September, things will get a bit warmer in Montelimar: highs are around 78°F and lows about 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fontaine de Vaucluse.

Things to do in Montelimar

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Grignan, Escale Aventure
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Escale Aventure ©
Escale Aventure
Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur ©
Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur

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 7th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Saumane Arts & Vin, then hike along Les Gorges de Veroncle, and then head outdoors with Canoe Evasion.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Fontaine de Vaucluse trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Montelimar to Fontaine de Vaucluse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Fontaine de Vaucluse sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Fontaine de Vaucluse

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Les Gorges de Veroncle, Saumane Arts & Vin
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Canoe Evasion ©
Canoe Evasion
Les Gorges de Veroncle ©
Les Gorges de Veroncle
Saumane Arts & Vin ©
Saumane Arts & Vin

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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 8th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Arenes de Nimes, pause for some photo ops at La Maison Carree, then don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, and finally snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and then get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nimes trip planner .

You can drive from Fontaine de Vaucluse to Nimes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Nimes, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Millau.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Avignon, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Carrieres des Lumieres, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
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Arenes de Nimes ©
Arenes de Nimes
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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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.
On the 10th (Tue), head outdoors with A2 Parapente, then head outdoors with Esprit Nature, and then snap pictures at Viaduc de Millau.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Millau travel tool .

Drive from Nimes to Millau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Nimes in September: high temperatures in Millau hover around 71°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rodez.

Things to do in Millau

Outdoors

Side Trip

Esprit Nature
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Esprit Nature ©
Esprit Nature
A2 Parapente ©
A2 Parapente
Viaduc de Millau ©
Viaduc de Millau

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Rodez

Rodez ©
Rodez is a small city and commune in the South of France, about 150 km northeast of Toulouse. On the 11th (Wed), stop by Rodez Saturday Market, then examine the collection at Musee Soulages, then make a trip to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Le Trou de Bozouls.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rodez trip planner.

You can drive from Millau to Rodez in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rodez can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Najac.

Things to do in Rodez

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Le Trou de Bozouls
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Le Trou de Bozouls ©
Le Trou de Bozouls
Musee Soulages ©
Musee Soulages
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez

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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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Abbaye de Loc-Dieu and then step into the grandiose world of Forteresse de Najac.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Najac online trip builder .

You can drive from Rodez to Najac in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rodez in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Najac: highs are around 78°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cahors.

Things to do in Najac

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Abbaye de Loc-Dieu
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Forteresse de Najac ©
Forteresse de Najac
Abbaye de Loc-Dieu ©
Abbaye de Loc-Dieu

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Cahors

Cahors ©
Almost entirely surrounded by water, Cahors is a lovely medieval peninsular town located in the heart of the red wine country.
On the 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to GALERIE LE CLOS D'EPICURE, then see the interesting displays at Musee La Planete des Moulins, then contemplate the long history of Plage aux Pterosaures, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Speleologie en Quercy.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cahors journey planning site .

You can drive from Najac to Cahors in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Najac in September, Cahors is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Cahors

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Musee La Planete des Moulins, Speleologie en Quercy, Plage aux Pterosaures
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Musee La Planete des Moulins ©
Musee La Planete des Moulins
Plage aux Pterosaures ©
Plage aux Pterosaures

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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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.
On the 14th (Sat), steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac, explore the fascinating underground world of Abri de Cap Blanc, then explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip planner .

Getting from Cahors to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. September in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.

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

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau des Milandes, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac
Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac ©
Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): get impressive views of Puy-de-Dome.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Clermont-Ferrand trip planner .

Getting from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Clermont-Ferrand by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Clermont-Ferrand, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

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

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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.
On the 16th (Mon), make a trip to Place de la Comedie, explore the historical opulence of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, then enjoy the sand and surf at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier online attractions planner .

You can drive from Clermont-Ferrand to Montpellier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Clermont-Ferrand in September: high temperatures in Montpellier hover around 78°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Montpellier

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue
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Horseback Riding Tours
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue ©
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue

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