12-Day France Road Trip from Strasbourg to Metz, Paris, Auxerre, Lyon, and Besancon

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12 days & 11 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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11 nights included
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Description

Explore the best of France on a 12-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Strasbourg, Metz, Reims, Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Auxerre, Beaune, Lyon, Bron, Caluire-et-Cuire, Vaulx-en-velin, Besancon, Colmar, Kintzheim, and Selestat. This road trip itinerary in France seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in France takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in Strasbourg, 1 night in Metz, 4 nights in Paris, 1 night in Auxerre, 2 nights in Lyon, and 1 night in Besancon. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in France. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Strasbourg, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover France on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in France. Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Strasbourg, Metz, Reims, Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau, Auxerre, Beaune, Lyon, Bron, Caluire-et-Cuire, Vaulx-en-velin, Besancon, Colmar, Kintzheim, and Selestat, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of France. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in France.

Throughout your road trip in France, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in France.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in France fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in France today!

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Hotel, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Vaulx-en-Velin
Caluire-et-Cuire
Reims - city in FranceReims
Besançon - city in FranceBesançon / 1 night
Photo of Metz city view of Petit Saulcy an Temple Neuf and Moselle River in Summer, France.Metz / 1 night
Paris, France. Panoramic view from Arc de Triomphe. Eiffel Tower and Avenue des Champs Elysees. Europe.Paris / 4 nights
Versailles - city in FranceVersailles
Sélestat-Erstein - city in FranceSélestat
Beaune - city in FranceBeaune
Photo of traditional half-timbered houses on picturesque canals in La Petite France in the medieval fairytale town of Strasbourg, France.Strasbourg / 2 nights
The City of Lyon in the daytime.Lyon / 2 nights
Kintzheim
Fontainebleau - city in FranceFontainebleau
Auxerre - city in FranceAuxerre / 1 night
Colmar - city in FranceColmar
Bron

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Attractions

Photo of Eiffel Tower in Paris, France best Destinations in Europe.Eiffel Tower
Photo of beautiful summer view of Louvre Museum, one of the world's most important museums, historic monument and parisian landmark, Paris, France.Louvre Museum
Photo of Arc de Triomphe  Early in the morning with the French flag, France.Arc de Triomphe
Photo of Champ de Mars view from top of Eiffel tower looking down see the entire city as a beautiful classic architecture, France.Champ de Mars
Photo of the Sacred Heart (Sacre Cœur Basilica),on Montmartre hill, Paris, France.Sacré-Cœur
Photo of Versailles palace outside Paris at sunset, France.Palace of Versailles
Photo of Luxembourg gardens and palace with puffy clouds in Paris, France.Jardin du Luxembourg
Photo of Corner of the Tuileries Garden with flower bed and alley with sculptures in Paris in springtime, France.Tuileries Garden
Photo of the Musee d'Orsay is a museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine.Musée d'Orsay
Photo of Cathedral of our lady of strasbourg in France.Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg
photo of La Villette Park with the Canal of the Basin of the Villette with boat at beautiful morning in Paris, France.La Villette
photo of Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysees at morning in Paris, France.Place de la Concorde
Photo of the greenhouse of the Parc de la Tete d'Or, Lyon, France.Parc de la Tête d'Or
Photo of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on a bright afternoon in Spring, France.Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Photo of The Panthéon is a monument in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.Panthéon
photo of the beautiful Jardin des Plantes at morning in Paris is the main botanical garden in France.Jardin des plantes
La Petite VenisePetite Venise in Colmar
Photo of Palais or Opera Garnier & The National Academy of Music in Paris, France.Palais Garnier
Sainte-ChapelleSainte Chapelle
Château du Haut-KœnigsbourgChâteau du Haut-Koenigsbourg
Aerial view of The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon city.The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a minor basilica in Lyon.Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Old gothic cathedral of Reims, FranceReims Cathedral
photo of the equestrian monument of King Louis XIV in Place Bellecour at morning in Lyon, France.Place Bellecour
photo of Park de la Orangerie in Strasbourg scenic beautiful view, Alsace region of France.Parc de l'Orangerie
Gardens of Versailles, Versailles, Île-de-France, FranceGardens of Versailles
Hôtel-Dieu Museum - Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Metropolitan France, FranceHôtel-Dieu Museum - Hospices de Beaune
Grand Parc Miribel Jonage
La Montagne des Singes, Kintzheim, Sélestat-Erstein, Bas-Rhin, Grand Est, Metropolitan France, FranceLa montagne des singes
Saint Jean Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste) in Lyon, France, EuropeLyon Cathedral
Lighthouse on the lake in hamlet Queen Marie Antoinette's estate near Versailles Palace.Marie-Antoinette's Estate
The facade of the House of Lawyers where the museum is located.Musée Cinéma et Miniature
photo of Barrage Vauban at beautiful morning in Strasbourg, France.Barrage Vauban
Forêt de Fontainebleau
iFLY Lyon
The Grand TrianonGrand Trianon
Fresque des Lyonnais
Place Drouet d'ErlonPlace Drouet-d’Erlon
Mur des Canuts, Lyon 4e Arrondissement, Lyon, Métropole de Lyon, Departemental constituency of Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Metropolitan France, FranceWall of the Canuts
photo of Parc Léo Lagrange in Reims, France.Parc Léo Lagrange
La Moutarderie Fallot
photo of Parc de Champagne with people enjoying the beautiful view in Reims, France.Parc de Champagne
photo of Traditional half-timbered houses on picturesque canals in La Petite France in the medieval fairytale town of Strasbourg, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alsace, France.Petite France
Ponts Couverts de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, Grand Est, Metropolitan France, FrancePonts Couverts de Strasbourg
Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre
Square Louise-Weiss
Grande-Île de StrasbourgGrande Île, Strasbourg

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Day 1

Day 1 – Strasbourg - arrival day

  • Strasbourg - Arrival day
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  • Grande Île, Strasbourg
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Your road trip adventure in France begins as soon as you reach Strasbourg and pick up your car. You’ll stay in Strasbourg for 1 night and explore the best things to see and do, sample the local cuisine, and choose from a curated selection of the best hotels and places to stay in the city.

Strasbourg is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out Grande Île, Strasbourg or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Strasbourg. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in France. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Strasbourg. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

This popular restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, ensuring an essential addition to your holiday itinerary. With a recognition, it promises an exceptional dining experience not to be missed. Don’t miss out on dining at La Cloche à Fromage RESTAURANT, a top-rated dining destination in Strasbourg. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Le Cannibale, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Jeannette and the Cycleux. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Strasbourg this evening.

After enjoying a fulfilling meal, continue your evening at Le Michel - Café - Brasserie, ideal for those looking to unwind with a drink in a comfortable setting. Alternatively, Le Douanier offers a welcoming atmosphere for easing into the nightlife. Similarly, Cathedral Beer Academy provides an excellent environment for a relaxed and enjoyable evening.

Raise a toast to the start of your 12-day road trip in France!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Strasbourg and Metz

  • Metz
  • Strasbourg
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Drive 165 km, 2 hours 11 min

  • Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg
  • Petite France
  • Square Louise-Weiss
  • Ponts Couverts de Strasbourg
  • Barrage Vauban
  • More

Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 2 of your road trip in France. Today, you will make 1 stop and experience some of the highlights of Strasbourg. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Metz, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Metz, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Strasbourg to Metz may take around 1 hour 49 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Metz, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg. This catholic cathedral is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 55,268 visitors.

When you’re finished at Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, head to Petite France. This one-of-a-kind neighborhood is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 2,245 reviews.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Square Louise-Weiss. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 917 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, then consider a visit to Ponts Couverts de Strasbourg. This point of interest is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,483 visitors.

To round off your sightseeing experience, make your way to Barrage Vauban. This famous bridge is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,371 travelers.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Metz, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Metz.

This local establishment consistently satisfies guests, ensuring an unforgettable holiday experience. Known as a top-rated , it's a top choice in the city. Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at CHEZ BAPTISTE, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Buffalo Grill Metz? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at L'Aloyau as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Metz.

Unwind after your meal by stepping into Les BerThoM Metz. This venue is celebrated for its extensive drink selections and cozy vibes. Alternatively, Le Fo'Rhum offers a dynamic and energetic atmosphere for a glass or two. Don’t overlook Aux Paraiges, another top-rated bar in the area.

Say good night to Metz and look forward to another great day of your road trip in France!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Metz, Reims, and Paris

  • Paris
  • Reims
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Drive 337 km, 3 hours 54 min

  • Parc de Champagne
  • Reims Cathedral
  • Place Drouet-d’Erlon
  • Parc Léo Lagrange
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Dive into day 3 of your remarkable road trip in France. Today you will explore Reims, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Paris. You’ll stay here for 4 nights.

Reims’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Metz behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 54 min. Reims welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Parc de Champagne, a remarkable park where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 3,001 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Reims Cathedral. This catholic cathedral has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 20,030 travelers.

Place Drouet-d’Erlon is another must-visit attraction. This renowned square offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,651 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit Parc Léo Lagrange. This well-loved green space boasts a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 3,352 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Paris, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Paris. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Make sure to book a table at L'Imprévu Café, a popular restaurant in Paris. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of countless food lovers. Experience a taste of Paris at Le Petit Châtelet, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Another top-rated restaurant to try is Restaurant Guy Savoy. As a dining spot that gains consistently high praise from guests, it’s an ideal choice to enhance your time to Paris tonight.

Round off your dining experience by visiting Café de Paris V, a prime location for a drink. Alternatively, explore the distinctive characteristics of Dirty Dick, a bar catering to every mood and preference. Little Red Door likewise offers a unique atmosphere, perfect for a memorable night out.

Head back to your accommodation in Paris and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in France!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Paris

  • Paris
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Drive 32 km, 1 hour 38 min

  • La Villette
  • Jardin des plantes
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Panthéon
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Day 4 of your road trip across France promises a magnificent time exploring Paris. You have 3 nights left in Paris. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Take the opportunity to see La Villette. This attraction has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 56,497 visitors.

Jardin des plantes is another sightseeing hotspot in the area. This botanical garden has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 40,461 travelers.

Paris is also the home of Notre-Dame de Paris. This catholic cathedral gets more than 12,000,000 visitors on an annual basis. Around 45,788 people have rated this catholic cathedral an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another place you’ll want to visit is Sainte Chapelle. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from a total of 32,376 reviews, a visit to this chapel is a great idea.

This day of your vacation in Paris is also your chance to admire Panthéon. This must-visit mausoleum enjoys an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 43,649 reviews.

If you have an appetite for more adventure, check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Paris on this day of your trip. You'll find the most recommended ones below.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Paris.

Esteemed for its , this restaurant offers a remarkable selection of cuisine. This esteemed -recipient consistently impresses guests, making it a must-visit spot during your holiday. With its recognition, it guarantees an unforgettable dining adventure. Savor the flavors at Saint James Paris, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Solera Paris : Bar à Cocktail beckons with its unique menu offerings. Also, consider To Restaurant Paris. With its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an excellent option for dining in Paris tonight.

After enjoying a fulfilling meal, continue your evening at Prescription Cocktail Club, ideal for those looking to unwind with a drink in a comfortable setting. Alternatively, Sherry Butt offers a welcoming atmosphere for easing into the nightlife. Similarly, The Highlander provides an excellent environment for a relaxed and enjoyable evening.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in France!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Paris

  • Paris
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Drive 22 km, 1 hour 44 min

  • Sacré-Cœur
  • Champ de Mars
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre Museum
  • Palais Garnier
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Day 5 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Paris for 2 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Drop by the renowned Sacré-Cœur. This popular church building has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 118,527 visitors. Based on recent data, this attraction is visited by more than 11,000,000 travelers every year.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Champ de Mars. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 172,488 visitors, this urban park deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Eiffel Tower. Hosting around 6,207,303 visitors every year, the fascinating Eiffel Tower is one of the best places to visit in Paris. This lattice tower has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 322,389 reviews.

Another favorite attraction in the area is Louvre Museum, drawing over 2,825,000 yearly visitors. This art museum and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 260,788 local and international travelers.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Palais Garnier. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 34,053 travelers, this opera house is an attraction many avid travelers highly recommend visiting while in Paris.

To do something one-of-a-kind on this day of your trip, you can join a tour. You can discover all of the most fun and eye-opening experiences in your destination below and secure your spot here.

As you explore more of Paris, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure. Make sure to reserve a table at Alliance, an iconic dining spot in Paris. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of The Bombardier, a popular restaurant in Paris. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Le Bistrot Du Perigord, a hidden gem nestled in Paris. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Continue your lively evening at Tiger, a perfect place for winding down or revving up the night, depending on which mood you’re in. Bisou. Is another excellent bar that offers a great selection of drinks to suit any mood. If you prefer to go somewhere else, Le Requin Chagrin ensures a night out tailored to your taste.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in France!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Paris

  • Paris
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Drive 14 km, 1 hour 3 min

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Tuileries Garden
  • Musée d'Orsay
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
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Day 6 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Paris has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Paris by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Make Arc de Triomphe your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this triumphal arch an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 193,235 reviews. More than 2,743,823 people visit this place of interest every year.

Next up, make a stop at place de la Concorde. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 54,229 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this square every year.

Tuileries Garden is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This garden has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 92,172 visitors.

When you’re finished at Tuileries Garden, the perfect next stop is Musée d'Orsay. This art museum is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 71,115 reviews. Musée d'Orsay attracts approximately 3,651,616 visitors annually.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Jardin du Luxembourg. This urban park is a top place to visit, with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 94,043 reviews.

One of the most unique ways of discovering what else Paris has to offer is by going on a top-rated tour. Be sure to check out all the experiences Paris offers and add your favorites to your France travel package below.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Paris. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure. Dine in style at Jules Verne, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Kitchen Galerie Bis boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Au Pied de Cochon. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Paris.

Following your dinner, dive into the local bar culture at Harry's New York Bar. Alternatively, go to Experimental Cocktail Club, the perfect place for those looking to experience the best of the nightlife.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in France.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau, and Auxerre

  • Auxerre
  • Versailles
  • Fontainebleau
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Drive 221 km, 4 hours 4 min

  • Marie-Antoinette's Estate
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Gardens of Versailles
  • Grand Trianon
  • Forêt de Fontainebleau
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On day 7 of your road trip in France, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Versailles and Fontainebleau. In the evening, you’ll end up in Auxerre, where you will stay for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Paris, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Versailles. Your travel time is around 57 min.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Marie-Antoinette's Estate. This much-appreciated point of interest is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars in 9,865 reviews.

Next up is Palace of Versailles. This château has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 119,665 visitors. As one of the top places to visit in the town, Palace of Versailles welcomes 4,741,758 visitors annually.

Another top sightseeing recommendation is Gardens of Versailles. This french formal garden has been rated 4.7 out of 5 stars in 13,133 reviews.

Grand Trianon is another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today. This maison de plaisance has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 7,511 reviews.

Upon reaching Fontainebleau, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Forêt de Fontainebleau. This extraordinary park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 7,778 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Auxerre. Auxerre offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Auxerre. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the town, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in France!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Auxerre, Beaune, and Lyon

  • Lyon
  • Beaune
  • Auxerre
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Drive 303 km, 3 hours 21 min

  • Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre
  • La Moutarderie Fallot
  • Hôtel-Dieu Museum - Hospices de Beaune
  • More

On day 8 of your exciting self-drive vacation in France, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Beaune and Auxerre. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Lyon, where you’ll be staying for 2 nights.

Set your GPS to Beaune and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 32 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Beaune beckons with new experiences!

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to La Moutarderie Fallot. This extraordinary point of interest is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,107 visitors.

Next, make your way to Hôtel-Dieu Museum - Hospices de Beaune. This top attraction is a museum with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 12,805 visitors.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Auxerre, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Beaune may take around 1 hour 32 min. Upon your arrival in Beaune, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre - Baie 129. This stained glass window is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 1,232 reviews.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Lyon, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Lyon's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Café du Rhône, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Bulle - Restaurant de Fourvière - Guy Lassausaie is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Vieille Canaille. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Lyon tonight.

Following your dinner, dive into the local bar culture at L' Antiquaire. Alternatively, go to Black Forest Society, the perfect place for those looking to experience the best of the nightlife. Similarly, The James Joyce Pub provides excellent drinks and a great atmosphere, ensuring a memorable night out.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in France!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Lyon and Bron

  • Lyon
  • Bron
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Drive 44 km, 1 hour 18 min

  • iFLY Lyon
  • Lyon Cathedral
  • Musée Cinéma et Miniature
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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On day 9 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Bron. You’ll stay in Bron for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

Journey into the unknown at Lyon Cathedral, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable catholic cathedral has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 11,228 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Musée Miniature et Cinéma is a recommended place to visit. This museum is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 9,540 reviews.

Another must-see attraction in Lyon is Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 25,765 travelers, this popular tourist destination in Lyon offers an experience you will remember.

You can learn more about Bron today by going on a tour. Bron offers many top-rated tours and unique experiences that will inspire you. You can browse and select your favorites below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Lyon's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Make sure to book a table at Cactus Bar, a popular restaurant in Lyon. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of countless food lovers. Experience a taste of Lyon at L Bar food & drink, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Another top-rated restaurant to try is Flair Restaurant. As a dining spot that gains consistently high praise from guests, it’s an ideal choice to enhance your time to Lyon tonight.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Broc'Bar, where the evening is just getting started. In the same way, The Phantom of the Opera offers a unique charm perfect for experiencing the local bar scene in Lyon. Bar Le Florian, Cocktails & Spirits is another top-recommended bar that is sure to get you into the mood for some dancing and celebrating.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in France!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Lyon, Caluire-et-Cuire, Vaulx-en-velin, and Besancon

  • Besançon
  • Lyon
  • Caluire-et-Cuire
  • Vaulx-en-Velin
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Drive 252 km, 3 hours 36 min

  • Place Bellecour
  • Wall of the Canuts
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or
  • Fresque des Lyonnais
  • Grand Parc Miribel Jonage
  • More

Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 10 of your road trip in France. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 3 vibrant destinations - Lyon, Caluire-et-Cuire, and Vaulx-en-velin. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Besancon. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Lyon, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Vaulx-en-velin. This drive usually takes around 23 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Place Bellecour. This extraordinary square has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 20,560 visitors.

Next, make your way to Wall of the Canuts. This fresco is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 4,157 reviews.

While in Lyon, we also recommend a visit to Fresque des Lyonnais. This fresco has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 4,927 reviews.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Caluire-et-Cuire, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Upon arrival in Caluire-et-Cuire, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Make parc de la Tête d'Or one of your first sightseeing stops in Caluire-et-Cuire. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 50,621 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Besancon, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

As you explore more of Besancon, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

Renowned as a restaurant, it offers an exceptional menu. This restaurant consistently impresses guests, ensuring a memorable addition to your holiday. Nestled in the heart of the city, is an ideal choice for discerning foodies seeking culinary excellence. Enjoy a delicious meal at Les Gamins, a top-rated dining destination in Besancon. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider L' Ô à la bouche, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at The Green Man. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Besancon this evening.

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at The Titty Twister Bar, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to The coffee Brass'éliande. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down. You could also continue your night at Bar de l'U, another top-rated place in the area.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in France!

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Day 11

Day 11 – Besancon, Colmar, Kintzheim, Selestat, and Strasbourg

  • Strasbourg
  • Colmar
  • Kintzheim
  • Sélestat
  • More

Drive 267 km, 3 hours 31 min

  • Petite Venise in Colmar
  • Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg
  • La montagne des singes
  • More

Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 11 of your road trip in France. Today, you will make 3 stops and experience some of the highlights of Colmar, Kintzheim, and Selestat. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Strasbourg, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Besancon, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Colmar may take around 2 hours. Upon your arrival in Colmar, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Take the opportunity to see Petite Venise in Colmar. This attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 39,311 visitors.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Strasbourg. This car ride takes around 50 min.

Journey into the unknown at La montagne des singes, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable zoo has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 11,888 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Strasbourg. Strasbourg offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Strasbourg's best restaurants.

Renowned for its , this restaurant presents an outstanding menu of cuisine. This distinguished -recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. With an acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Hôtel Athena Restaurant & Spa Strasbourg, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Café Bretelles - Petite France offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss La Hache. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Strasbourg.

After your delicious meal, get a taste of the vibrant nightlife with a visit to A Maze In - 1er Live Escape Game de Strasbourg, known for its inviting atmosphere. Le Grincheux is another great option if you’re looking for a place to get the night started. Similarly, Les BerThoM Strasbourg provides a great setting to enjoy the night away.

Relax and reminisce about your day in France and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 12

Day 12 – Strasbourg - departure day

  • Strasbourg - Departure day
  • More
  • Parc de l'Orangerie
  • More

Day 12 of your road trip in France is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Strasbourg before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

As your final day in France unfolds, don’t miss the chance for a last-minute shopping spree in Strasbourg’s shopping district. Your accommodation’s convenient location near the city’s shopping area offers the luxury of time, so you don’t have to limit yourself from leisurely strolling its streets amidst a collection of establishments.

Look for the perfect gift for your loved ones back home, or buy yourself a little keepsake to remind you of France. Keep the spirit of your trip to France alive with these special souvenirs.

Before you conclude your road trip in France, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Strasbourg.

You’ll then say farewell to Strasbourg. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in France!

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