26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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26 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25​h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Saint-Malo
— 1 night
4
Vannes
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Guerande
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Albi
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Aigues-Mortes
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
9
Paris
— 7 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

3
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.
On the 6th (Sat), make a trip to Ile Saint-Louis. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie, wander the streets of Trocadero, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Paris tour planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Paris

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter
Musee de l'Orangerie ©
Musee de l'Orangerie
Left Bank (Rive Gauche) ©
Left Bank (Rive Gauche)

2
nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 9th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Saint-Michel. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel by combination of train and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or take a bus. October in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, American Cemetery & Memorial, Omaha Beach
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

1
night
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Saint-Malo road trip website .

You can take a bus from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Vannes.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Centre Historique, Fort La Latte, Pointe du Grouin
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Fort La Latte ©
Fort La Latte

1
night
Vannes

Vannes ©
Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
On the 13th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Chateau de Suscinio, then take a leisurely stroll along Port De St Goustan, then steep yourself in history at Old City Walls of Vannes, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint Pierre.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Vannes holiday planner .

Drive from Saint-Malo to Vannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Vannes sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Guerande.

Things to do in Vannes

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Port De St Goustan, Chateau de Suscinio
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Chateau de Suscinio ©
Chateau de Suscinio
Old City Walls of Vannes ©
Old City Walls of Vannes
Port De St Goustan ©
Port De St Goustan

1
night
Guerande

Guerande ©
Guérande is a medieval town located in the département of Loire-Atlantique in western France. On the 14th (Sun), examine the collection at Escal'Atlantic, then make a trip to Submarine l'Espadon, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally step into the grandiose world of Medieval walled town of Guerande.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Guerande road trip tool .

You can drive from Vannes to Guerande in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Guerande

Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Loire-Atlantique
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Escal'Atlantic ©
Escal'Atlantic

1
night
La Rochelle

La Rochelle
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.
To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Guerande to La Rochelle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in La Rochelle are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Albi.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Outdoors Tours Parks
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5
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathar Castles and Chateau Comtal. La Bastide Saint Louis and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: Carcassonne Center (Cité de Carcassonne, Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, & more), Collegiale Saint Chirstophe (in Sauveterre-de-Rouergue) and Forteresse de Najac (in Najac). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Grotte du Pech-Merle, see the interesting displays at Musee Soulages, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie.

Discover how to plan a Albi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Albi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from La Rochelle in October, you will find days in Albi are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aigues-Mortes.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Rodez, Chapelle St Jacques, Forteresse de Najac, Jardins des Martels
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Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
nights
Aigues-Mortes

Aigues-Mortes ©
Aigues-Mortes is a French commune in the Gard department in the Occitanie region of southern France.The medieval city walls surrounding the city are well preserved.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Aigues-Mortais or Aigues-Mortaises.GeographyAigues-Mortes is located in the Petite Camargue some 90km northwest of Marseilles. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then steep yourself in history at Theatre Antique, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a live event at Arenes de Nimes, then admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, and then explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Aigues-Mortes trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Albi to Aigues-Mortes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Aigues-Mortes are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aigues-Mortes

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Nimes, Arles, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime

7
nights
Paris

Paris ©
Popular historic sites such as Montmartre and Palace of Versailles are in your itinerary. Arc de Triomphe and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Enjoy Paris some more: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paris route planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train from Aigues-Mortes to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Aigues-Mortes in October, with highs in Paris at 19°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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