18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  13​h
1
Toulouse
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Lyon
— 4 nights
Tram + Fly:  4​h
5
Bayeux
— 3 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Grotte de Massabielle and Grotte du Pech-Merle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Get out of town with these interesting Toulouse side-trips: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse road trip planning app .

Philadelphia, USA to Toulouse is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Toulouse. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in June; daily highs in Toulouse reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Albi, Grotte de Massabielle, Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Cite Religieuse, Grotte du Pech-Merle
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Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins
Quai de la Daurade ©
Quai de la Daurade

3
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau Comtal. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau Royale de Collioure and Cathar Castles. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet). It doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just and explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, Château de Salses, Cathedrale St-Jean, Chateau Royale de Collioure, Chateaux de Lastours
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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.
Popular historic sites such as Site Archeologique de Glanum and Roman Theatre of Orange are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Citadelle de Sisteron and Tour Magne. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre (in Aix-en-Provence), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Marseille in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), La Citadelle de Sisteron, Site Archeologique de Glanum
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Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum
La Citadelle de Sisteron ©
La Citadelle de Sisteron
Tour Magne ©
Tour Magne

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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.
You'll explore and learn at L'Aventure Michelin and Chateau de Grignan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Fresque des Lyonnais. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: La Vieille Ville (in Annecy), Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon (in Dijon) and Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon itinerary planning website .

Take a train from Marseille to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Chateau de Tournoel, L'Aventure Michelin, La Vieille Ville, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon
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Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan
Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel

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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Remains Mulberry Harbour are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema will appeal to museum buffs. When in Bayeux, make a side trip to see Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, approximately Sainte-Mere-Eglise away. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, enjoy the sand and surf at Omaha Beach, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Bayeux in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lyon in June; daily highs in Bayeux reach 69°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe
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Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer ©
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema ©
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema

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