12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France vacation planner
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Fly to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Drive to Epernay
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Epernay
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pezenas
— 1 night
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Fly
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Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive to Paris-Orly Airport, Fly to Hobart

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Epernay — 2 nights

Capital of Champagne

Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): do a tasting at Champagne Leclerc Briant and then do a tasting at Champagne Alfred Gratien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Avenue de Champagne, then do a tasting at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, and then do a tasting at Moet et Chandon.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Epernay vacation planning site.

Hobart, Australia to Epernay is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Traveling from Hobart to Epernay, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hobart in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Epernay: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. You will leave for Lyon on the 24th (Sun).
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Wineries · Historic Sites
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Lyon — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Lyon is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lyon online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Epernay to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Epernay in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lyon, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pezenas.
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Pezenas — 1 night

Pézenas is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France.Name"Pézenas" is derived from the older name Piscenae, probably from the Latin word piscenis, meaning fishpond. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stop by Tout Ce Qui Brille, then do a tasting at Domaine Preignes le Vieux, and then do a tasting at Seigneurie de Peyrat.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pezenas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lyon to Pezenas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, daytime highs in Pezenas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 2 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 28th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, and then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip maker.

Drive from Pezenas to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Pezenas in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Orleans.
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Orleans — 2 nights

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Loire a Velo Cycle Path, make a trip to Place du Martroi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orléans Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Orleans online tour planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Orleans by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, plan for little chillier days in Orleans, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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