24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

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24 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Train:  25​h
1
Lille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cherbourg-Octeville
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
4
Caen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Marseille
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
7
Grenoble
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h
8
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Lille

Lille ©
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.
Get some historical perspective at Old Stock Exchange and Forum Antique de Bavay. Step off the beaten path and head to Vieux-Lille and Grande Place. Change things up with these side-trips from Lille: Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery (in Arras), Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (Lens' 14-18 - Centre International d'Histoire de la Première Guerre Mondiale & Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette) and Cran d'Escalles (in Escalles). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, learn more about the world around you at Musee d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille, see the interesting displays at Le Musee de Plein Air, and witness the site of a historic battle at Fromelles and Flanders Battlefield Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lille trip itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Lille is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Melbourne in September since evenings lows in Lille dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Musee de la Vie Rurale, Cran d'Escalles, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Musee departemental Matisse, Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette
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Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille
Old Stock Exchange ©
Old Stock Exchange
Forum Antique de Bavay ©
Forum Antique de Bavay

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Rue Saint-Romain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine, admire the landmark architecture of Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, admire the landmark architecture of St. Maclou's Church, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rouen travel route planner .

You can drive from Lille to Rouen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Rouen, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Abbaye de Jumieges, Chateau d'Harcourt
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Abbaye de Jumieges
Abbaye de Jumieges
Historial Jeanne d’Arc ©
Historial Jeanne d’Arc
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

2
nights
Cherbourg-Octeville

Cherbourg-Octeville ©
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
On the 10th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame de la Delivrande, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, examine the collection at World War 2 Museum, then explore the galleries of Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Airborne Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Fort de Pirou. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Parc Emmanuel Liais, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Goury, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin, then explore the galleries of Cite de La Mare, then take in the waterfront activity at Rade de Cherbourg, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ravalet.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cherbourg-Octeville sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Cherbourg-Octeville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Cherbourg-Octeville are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Caen.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau Fort de Pirou, Eglise Saint-Martin, Airborne Museum, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Chateau des Ravalet
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Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum
World War 2 Museum ©
World War 2 Museum

2
nights
Caen

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 11th (Fri), make a trip to Maisons a Pans de Bois. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Pierre, brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Omaha Beach.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Caen trip planning website .

Take a train from Cherbourg-Octeville to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Caen sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Bayeux, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

3
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La ville d'Hiver and St. Andre Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ecomuseum Marquèze and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Amphitheatre de Saintes (in Saintes), Chateau de Duras (in Duras) and Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean (in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Aquitaine, pause for some serene contemplation at La Fleche Saint-Michel, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Saint Ahon, and take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Caen to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Caen in September, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu, Chateau de Duras, Amphitheatre de Saintes, La ville d'Hiver, Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
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La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver
Chateau de Duras ©
Chateau de Duras
Ecomuseum Marquèze ©
Ecomuseum Marquèze

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Appreciate the collections at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Abbaye de Montmajour will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Arles (St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) & Eglise St-Trophime) and Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, stroll through Palais du Pharo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille online visit planner .

You can fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Grenoble.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arles, Chateau de Tarascon, Site Memorial du Camp des Milles
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Chateau de Tarascon ©
Chateau de Tarascon
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

3
nights
Grenoble

Grenoble ©
At the foot of the French Alps where the river Drac joins the Isère (the lion and the serpent), Grenoble offers you tons of winter and summer activities to keep the entire family busy, like hiking, climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, as well as swimming in clean mountain lakes.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Village de caractere de Boucieu le Roi and Eglise Protestante Reformee. Musee de Grenoble and Musee de l'alambic - Distillerie Jean Gauthier will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Grenoble: Musee de la Revolution Francaise (in Vizille) and Chute de la Druise (in Ombleze). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Montagne, get outside with Grand lac de Laffrey, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grenoble holiday planning site .

You can take a train from Marseille to Grenoble in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marseille in September: high temperatures in Grenoble hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Grenoble

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Chute de la Druise, Musee de la Revolution Francaise, Village de caractere de Boucieu le Roi, Musee de l'alambic - Distillerie Jean Gauthier
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Musee de Grenoble ©
Musee de Grenoble
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and The Army Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Chantilly and Musee Marmottan Monet. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Beauvais), Chateau de Maintenon (in Maintenon) and The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, and wander the streets of Latin Quarter.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Grenoble to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Chantilly, Chateau de Maintenon, The Trianons & The Hamlet, Cathedrale Saint-Pierre
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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