18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Toulouse
— 3 nights
2
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
4
Lyon
— 4 nights
5
Bayeux
— 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grotte de Massabielle and Quai de la Daurade. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie and Grotte du Pech-Merle. Get out of town with these interesting Toulouse side-trips: Albi (Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile & Musee Toulouse-Lautrec) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Toulouse trip itinerary builder app.

Philadelphia, USA to Toulouse is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Toulouse. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect Toulouse to be slightly colder, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Château de Salses. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau Royale de Collioure and Chateaux de Lastours. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Cathedrale St-Just (in Narbonne) and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet). It doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal and steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip maker website.

Drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 · Nature

Side Trips

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

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Site Archeologique de Glanum and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Citadelle de Sisteron and Roman Theatre of Orange. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Tour Magne (in Nimes), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tour Magne, La Citadelle de Sisteron, Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Roman Theatre of Orange
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval and Fresque des Lyonnais. You'll discover tucked-away gems like L'Aventure Michelin and Chateau de Grignan. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Chateau de Tournoel (in Volvic), Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon (in Dijon) and La Vieille Ville (in Annecy). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon driving holiday planner.

Getting from Marseille to Lyon by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

L'Aventure Michelin, Chateau de Tournoel, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, La Vieille Ville
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach and Omaha Beach are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe. Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and see Airborne Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Remains Mulberry Harbour, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

Before you visit Bayeux, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Lyon to Bayeux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in June, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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