14-Day France Road Trip from Metz to Strasbourg, Dijon, Lyon, Auxerre, and Paris

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Escape the ordinary with this exciting 14-day road trip through France that promises to leave you speechless. With this exciting adventure, you will have the chance to explore the diverse landscapes and local cultures of Metz, Maizières-lès-Metz, Strasbourg, Colmar, Dijon, La Balme-les-Grottes, Bourg En Bresse, Lyon, Caluire-et-Cuire, Vaulx-en-velin, Beaune, Auxerre, Fontainebleau, Chessy, Paris, and Reims. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for an unforgettable journey where every moment becomes a lasting story.

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 Metz, 1 night in Strasbourg, 2 nights in Dijon, 3 nights in Lyon, 1 night in Auxerre, and 4 nights in Paris. 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 Metz, 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 Metz, Maizières-lès-Metz, Strasbourg, Colmar, Dijon, La Balme-les-Grottes, Bourg En Bresse, Lyon, Caluire-et-Cuire, Vaulx-en-velin, Beaune, Auxerre, Fontainebleau, Chessy, Paris, and Reims, 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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Flights, economy included
Hotel, 13 nights
Rental car, 14 days
CDW Insurance
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Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Vaulx-en-Velin
Caluire-et-Cuire
Reims - city in FranceReims
Dijon - city in FranceDijon / 2 nights
Photo of Metz city view of Petit Saulcy an Temple Neuf and Moselle River in Summer, France.Metz / 2 nights
Paris, France. Panoramic view from Arc de Triomphe. Eiffel Tower and Avenue des Champs Elysees. Europe.Paris / 4 nights
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 / 1 night
Maizières-lès-Metz
The City of Lyon in the daytime.Lyon / 3 nights
Fontainebleau - city in FranceFontainebleau
Auxerre - city in FranceAuxerre / 1 night
Colmar - city in FranceColmar
Chessy
La Balme-les-Grottes
Bourg-en-Bresse

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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 Disneyland Paris castle, France.Disneyland Paris
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 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
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
photo of the medieval Fontainebleau palace (Chateau de Fontainebleau) at beautiful summer in France.Palace of Fontainebleau
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
Zoo d'AmnévilleZoo d'Amnéville
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
Saint Jean Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste) in Lyon, France, EuropeLyon Cathedral
The Cathedral of Saint Stephen in Metz, FranceMetz Cathedral
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
Fresque des Lyonnais
Darcy Garden, Dijon, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Metropolitan France, FranceDarcy Garden
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière, Lyon 5e Arrondissement, Lyon, Métropole de Lyon, Departemental constituency of Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Metropolitan France, FranceGallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière
Place Drouet d'ErlonPlace Drouet-d’Erlon
Museum of Fine Arts Dijon, Dijon, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Metropolitan France, FranceMuseum of Fine Arts Dijon
The Caves of La Balme
La Moutarderie Fallot
Royal Monastery of Brou
Park Bouzaise, Beaune, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Metropolitan France, FrancePark Bouzaise
Parc de Loisirs de Bouvent
photo of Darcy square at morning in Dijon, France.Darcy square
Jardin de l'esplanade de Metz, Metz, Moselle, Grand Est, Metropolitan France, FranceJardin de l'esplanade de Metz
Museum of La Cour d'Or, Metz, Moselle, Grand Est, Metropolitan France, FranceMuseum of La Cour d'Or
photo of Square de la Patte d'Oie in Reims, France.Square de la Patte d'Oie
Dijon - France.Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne
Mediaeval Palace of Tau (Palais du Tau) and palace chapel (on right) in Reims. It was bishop palace and subsequently an archbishop palace. Reims, Champagne-ardenne, France.Palais du Tau
Park Brieux, Maizières-lès-Metz, Metz, Moselle, Grand Est, Metropolitan France, FrancePark Brieux
Musée des Tissus et des Arts DécoratifsMusée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs
Tour Philippe le BonTour Philippe le Bon
Love Garden

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Day 1

Day 1 – Metz - arrival day

  • Metz - Arrival day
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  • Jardin de l'esplanade de Metz
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Your road trip adventure in France begins as soon as you reach Metz and pick up your car. You’ll stay in Metz 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.

Metz 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 Jardin de l'esplanade de Metz or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Make your way to your chosen hotel. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM in Metz. Make yourself at home and enjoy some downtime before heading out again.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Metz. 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.

Prepare for an extraordinary culinary adventure in Metz by booking a table at Quai des Saveurs, a 1-star Michelin restaurant that boasts an exceptional modern menu. If you're eager to try something different, consider Buffalo Grill Metz, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at L'Aloyau. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Metz this evening.

Keep the excitement of the evening going by going to a bar or two. Les BerThoM Metz is an excellent place to start. You could also check out Le Fo'Rhum, offering a different kind of charm. A last recommendation for the day is Aux Paraiges. This bar promises an enjoyable experience with tasty drinks and a vibrant setting.

Raise a toast to the start of your 14-day road trip in France!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Metz, Maizières-lès-Metz, and Strasbourg

  • Strasbourg
  • Metz
  • Maizières-lès-Metz
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Drive 196 km, 2 hours 27 min

  • Metz Cathedral
  • Museum of La Cour d'Or
  • Park Brieux
  • Zoo d'Amnéville
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Dive into day 2 of your remarkable road trip in France. Today you will explore Metz, and Maizières-lès-Metz, 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 Strasbourg. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Metz Cathedral. This catholic cathedral is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 9,783 reviews.

Continue your journey at Museum of La Cour d'Or. This museum is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,301 travelers from near and far.

Metz is also the home of Zoo d'Amnéville. This zoo has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 15,712 visitors.

Set your GPS to Maizières-lès-Metz and hit the road. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Maizières-lès-Metz beckons with new experiences!

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Park Brieux. This much-appreciated park is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars in 1,116 reviews.

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

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

Set out on a gastronomic journey in Strasbourg by reserving a table at Umami. Known for its 1-star Michelin reputation, Umami captivates its guests with its exceptional variety of meals showcasing delicious creative cuisine. For a different taste, head over to de:ja, renowned for its delectable creative dishes. This distinguished 1-star Michelin-recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. Craving more culinary excitement? Explore Le Relais de la Poste, a highly rated local gem known for its exquisite modern menu. With a 1-star Michelin acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Strasbourg.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at Canapé Queer Bar Strasbourg, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, La Mandragore provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, Le Local offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in France.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Strasbourg, Colmar, and Dijon

  • Dijon
  • Strasbourg
  • Colmar
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Drive 333 km, 4 hours 9 min

  • Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg
  • Parc de l'Orangerie
  • Barrage Vauban
  • Petite Venise in Colmar
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 3 of your road trip in France. Today, you will make 2 stops and experience some of the highlights of Strasbourg, and Colmar. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Dijon, which will be your home away from home for 2 nights.

Kick off the day at Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This catholic cathedral is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 55,268 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Parc de l'Orangerie. Parc de l'Orangerie is a park with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 15,139 reviews.

Barrage Vauban is another top attraction we highly recommend you visit today. This bridge is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,371 visitors.

Colmar’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Strasbourg behind. This drive usually takes around 55 min. Colmar welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Petite Venise in Colmar. This neighborhood is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 39,311 visitors.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Dijon, 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 Dijon's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Begin your culinary exploration in Dijon by securing a reservation at Origine. This renowned restaurant holds 1 Michelin star and offers an exceptional menu of modern cuisine. For another dining delight, visit William Frachot, celebrated for its delectable creative, and modern menu. This acclaimed 2-star Michelin-recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. Looking for a different experience? Discover Loiseau des Ducs, a top local spot known for its tantalizing modern menu. With a 1-star Michelin recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure.

Unwind after your meal by stepping into Barberousse Dijon. This venue is celebrated for its extensive drink selections and cozy vibes. Alternatively, Beer Country offers a dynamic and energetic atmosphere for a glass or two. Don’t overlook The Blue Dog, another top-rated bar in the area.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Dijon

  • Dijon
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Drive 2 km, 31 min

  • Museum of Fine Arts Dijon
  • Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne
  • Tour Philippe le Bon
  • Darcy square
  • Darcy Garden
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Day 4 of your road trip across France promises a magnificent time exploring Dijon. You have 1 night left in Dijon. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Kick off the day at Museum of Fine Arts Dijon, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 3,232 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy. Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy is a palace with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,120 reviews.

Tour Philippe le Bon is another top attraction we highly recommend you visit today. This tower is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 303 visitors.

Beyond the attractions mentioned above, you also have the opportunity to visit Darcy square. This square is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,598 visitors.

Lastly, don’t miss out on Darcy Garden, a famous park in Dijon. This attraction is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,842 travelers.

Don’t forget to check out all the popular tours and activities you can add to your travel plan. France is a beautiful travel destination that offers plenty of unique tours that will enhance your vacation experience. Explore and select your activities below.

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

As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Café de l'Industrie, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, L'Antre II Mondes is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Bar Brasserie - Le Tigre. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Dijon tonight.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Flannery's, where the evening is just getting started. In the same way, The Duke offers a unique charm perfect for experiencing the local bar scene in Dijon. Delirium Café is another top-recommended bar that is sure to get you into the mood for some dancing and celebrating.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Dijon, La Balme-les-Grottes, Bourg En Bresse, and Lyon

  • Lyon
  • La Balme-les-Grottes
  • Bourg-en-Bresse
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Drive 330 km, 4 hours 6 min

  • The Caves of La Balme
  • Royal Monastery of Brou
  • Parc de Loisirs de Bouvent
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On day 5 of your exciting self-drive vacation in France, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, La Balme-les-Grottes, and Bourg En Bresse. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Lyon, where you’ll be staying for 3 nights.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Dijon, you’ll hit the road in the direction of La Balme-les-Grottes. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 11 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to The Caves of La Balme. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 3,266 reviews.

After soaking in La Balme-les-Grottes’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Bourg En Bresse. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 40 min. When you arrive in Bourg En Bresse, it's time to take a break from the road.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to royal monastery of Brou. This secularized monastery is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Bourg En Bresse, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,801 visitors. Around 55,949 people visit this attraction every year.

Parc de Loisirs de Bouvent is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 2,035 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Lyon. Lyon 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 Lyon. 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.

Prepare for an extraordinary culinary adventure in Lyon by booking a table at Takao Takano, a 2-star Michelin restaurant that boasts an exceptional creative menu. For a different flavor experience, head to Le Neuvième Art, renowned for its delectable creative, and modern dishes. This 2-star Michelin restaurant consistently wows guests, making it a memorable stop during your holiday. Looking for another option? Visit Mère Brazier, a local gem known for its delightful classic cuisine in Lyon. Nestled in the city's heart, this 2-star Michelin restaurant is a perfect choice for discerning restaurant-goers seeking a new experience.

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.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in France!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Lyon

  • Lyon
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Drive 7 km, 1 hour 16 min

  • Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière
  • Lyon Cathedral
  • Musée Cinéma et Miniature
  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
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Day 6 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Lyon for 2 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière. This museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,363 visitors.

When you’re finished at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon-Fourvière, head to Lyon Cathedral. This one-of-a-kind catholic cathedral is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 11,228 reviews.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Musée Miniature et Cinéma. This museum is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 9,540 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, then consider a visit to Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. This minor basilica is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 25,765 visitors.

Immerse yourself in the local scene through top-rated tours and activities. You can choose from a wide variety of easy to challenging tours and easily add them to your travel package below.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Lyon. Enjoy a satisfying meal that will recharge you for tonight's adventures.

Enjoy a delicious meal at Cactus Bar, a top-rated dining destination in Lyon. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider L Bar food & drink, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Flair Restaurant. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Lyon this evening.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at Broc'Bar, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out The Phantom of the Opera, a bar that offers unique local touches. Likewise, Bar Le Florian, Cocktails & Spirits provides an excellent alternative for a fun evening.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in France!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Lyon, Caluire-et-Cuire, and Vaulx-en-velin

  • Lyon
  • Caluire-et-Cuire
  • Vaulx-en-Velin
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Drive 47 km, 1 hour 55 min

  • Parc de la Tête d'Or
  • Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs
  • Place Bellecour
  • Fresque des Lyonnais
  • Grand Parc Miribel Jonage
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Day 7 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Caluire-et-Cuire has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Caluire-et-Cuire by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the town.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Musée des Tissus et des Arts Décoratifs. This museum is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 1,112 reviews.

Next up, make your way to Place Bellecour. This square has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 20,560 reviews.

When you’re ready for your next sight of the day, continue to Fresque des Lyonnais. This fresco has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 4,927 visitors.

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

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Lyon. 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.

Have a fantastic dining experience at Bouchon Tupin, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, The King Arthur offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Betty's Bar is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Lyon.

After your meal, keep the night alive at a bar like MOS - Maker of Stories, known for its lively atmosphere.

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

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Day 8

Day 8 – Lyon, Beaune, and Auxerre

  • Auxerre
  • Beaune
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Drive 303 km, 3 hours 37 min

  • Hôtel-Dieu Museum - Hospices de Beaune
  • La Moutarderie Fallot
  • Park Bouzaise
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 8 of your road trip in France. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - Beaune, and Auxerre. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Auxerre. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

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

Make Hôtel-Dieu Museum - Hospices de Beaune one of your first sightseeing stops in Beaune. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 12,805 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

La Moutarderie Fallot is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This sightseeing destination is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,107 reviews.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to drop by Park Bouzaise. This park has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,309 visitors.

When you’ve had your share of Beaune, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Auxerre. Your travel time is around 1 hour 32 min.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Église Saint-Eusèbe. This extraordinary church has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 129 visitors.

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

As you explore more of Auxerre, 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.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in France.

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Day 9

Day 9 – Auxerre, Fontainebleau, Chessy, and Paris

  • Paris
  • Fontainebleau
  • Chessy
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Drive 224 km, 3 hours 5 min

  • Palace of Fontainebleau
  • Forêt de Fontainebleau
  • Disneyland Paris
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On day 9 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 Fontainebleau, and Chessy. In the evening, you’ll end up in Paris, where you will stay for 4 nights.

Set your GPS to Fontainebleau and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 9 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Fontainebleau beckons with new experiences!

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Palace of Fontainebleau. This château is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 21,054 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Fontainebleau. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 9 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Take the opportunity to see Forêt de Fontainebleau. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 7,778 visitors.

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

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.

Experience a symphony of flavors at Kei in Paris by securing a reservation in advance. Renowned for its 3-star Michelin distinction, Kei delights its guests with its exceptional variety of meals showcasing delicious modern, and creative cuisine. For a palate-pleasing alternative, make sure to dine at Le Pré Catelan, acclaimed for its delectable creative, and contemporary specialties. This local 3-star Michelin establishment consistently satisfies guests, ensuring an unforgettable holiday experience. Want to go on another culinary journey? Delight your senses at Épicure, a top-rated restaurant known for its outstanding menu. Known as a top-rated 3-star Michelin establishment, it's a top choice for modern cuisine in the city.

After your meal, keep the night alive at a bar like Café de Paris V, known for its lively atmosphere. Dirty Dick is another top recommendation that provides the perfect setting with well-crafted drinks and a welcoming ambiance. Similarly, Little Red Door offers an excellent atmosphere for those looking to amp up the evening.

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

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Day 10

Day 10 – Paris

  • Paris
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Drive 6 km, 1 hour 5 min

  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Sainte Chapelle
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
  • Panthéon
  • Jardin des plantes
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On day 10 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Paris. You’ll stay in Paris for 3 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

Make Notre-Dame de Paris your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this catholic cathedral an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 45,788 reviews. More than 12,000,000 people visit this place of interest every year.

Next up, make a stop at Sainte Chapelle. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 32,376 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this chapel every year.

Jardin du Luxembourg is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This urban park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 94,043 visitors.

When you’re finished at Jardin du Luxembourg, the perfect next stop is Panthéon. This mausoleum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 43,649 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Jardin des plantes. This botanical garden is a top place to visit, with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 40,461 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.

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

Dine in style at Le Marais Restaurant Paris, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Le Sens Unique boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Le Caveau de l'isle. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Paris.

Keep the excitement of the evening going by going to a bar or two. Prescription Cocktail Club is an excellent place to start. You could also check out Le Boucan, offering a different kind of charm. A last recommendation for the day is Mamie Paris. This bar promises an enjoyable experience with tasty drinks and a vibrant setting.

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

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Day 11

Day 11 – Paris

  • Paris
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Drive 42 km, 1 hour 56 min

  • La Villette
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Champ de Mars
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Sacré-Cœur
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Day 11 of your road trip across France promises a magnificent time exploring Paris. You have 2 nights left in Paris. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Drop by the renowned La Villette. This popular commune of france has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 56,497 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Arc de Triomphe. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 193,235 visitors, this triumphal arch deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Champ de Mars. This urban park has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 172,488 reviews.

Another favorite attraction in the area is Eiffel Tower, drawing over 6,207,303 yearly visitors. This lattice tower and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 322,389 local and international travelers.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Sacré-Cœur. This church building gets around 11,000,000 annual visitors. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 118,527 travelers, this church building is an attraction many avid travelers highly recommend visiting while in Paris.

Your discoveries in Paris do not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Paris on this day of your trip. You can select your tours below.

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.

Enjoy a delicious meal at The Harp Bar, a highly-rated dining destination in Paris. If you're eager to try something different, consider Le Bistro des Augustins, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Le Petit Châtelet. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Paris this evening.

After your delicious meal, get a taste of the vibrant nightlife with a visit to Sherry Butt, known for its inviting atmosphere. The Highlander is another great option if you’re looking for a place to get the night started. Similarly, Le Sully provides a great setting to enjoy the night away.

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

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Day 12

Day 12 – Paris

  • Paris
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Drive 7 km, 1 hour 15 min

  • Louvre Museum
  • Musée d'Orsay
  • Tuileries Garden
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Palais Garnier
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Day 12 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Paris for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Louvre Museum. This extraordinary art museum has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 260,788 visitors. Each year, around 2,825,000 people visit this remarkable site to admire its features and learn more about it.

Next, make your way to Musée d'Orsay. This art museum welcomes around 3,651,616 visitors yearly and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 71,115 reviews.

While in Paris, we also recommend a visit to Tuileries Garden. This garden has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 92,172 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to place de la Concorde. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 54,229 travelers, this square is a highly recommended stop on your sightseeing around Paris.

Make your way to Palais Garnier, perhaps the most famous opera house in Paris. This attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 34,053 reviews.

There are plenty of experiences you can choose from in France that will add excitement to your vacation. When you’re keen to discover what else Paris has in store for you, use this day to go on a tour. Scroll down and select tours and activities to include on your itinerary for the day.

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.

Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Restaurant Guy Savoy, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Saint James Paris? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Solera Paris : Bar à Cocktail as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Paris.

Cap off your culinary experience with a visit to some of the most celebrated bars in the area. For instance, Café Klein Holland stands out as an excellent choice for a post-dinner cocktail. Alternatively, Tiger offers an ideal atmosphere to enjoy the pleasures of the night. The 46 Bar is also a great option that provides a perfect setting for a relaxing evening.

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 13

Day 13 – Paris, Reims, and Metz

  • Metz
  • Reims
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Drive 333 km, 3 hours 52 min

  • Square de la Patte d'Oie
  • Place Drouet-d’Erlon
  • Reims Cathedral
  • Palais du Tau
  • More

Dive into day 13 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 Metz. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

After soaking in Paris’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Reims. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 31 min. When you arrive in Reims, it's time to take a break from the road.

Drop by the renowned Jardin de la Patte d'oie. This popular park has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,261 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is place Drouet-d’Erlon. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,651 visitors, this square deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Reims Cathedral. This catholic cathedral has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 20,030 reviews.

Another favorite attraction in the area is Palace of Tau. This museum and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,139 local and international travelers.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Metz. Metz 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 long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Metz. Enjoy a satisfying meal that will recharge you for tonight's adventures.

This renowned restaurant holds and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. Make sure to reserve a table at Santa Maria, an iconic dining spot in Metz. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Vivian's Pub Fairy, a popular restaurant in Metz. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of La Goulue, a hidden gem nestled in Metz. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Continue the enjoyment post-dinner at 3.96 Kaffe, a cherished local gathering spot renowned for its welcoming atmosphere. Similarly, Bar Saint-Jacques offers a vibrant space for indulging in well-crafted drinks and engaging conversation. You may also want to check out La Taverne du Graoully. This bar is a favorite among both locals and visitors looking for a delightful evening out filled with laughter and fun.

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

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Day 14

Day 14 – Metz - departure day

  • Metz - Departure day
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  • Love Garden
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Day 14 of your road trip in France is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Metz before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in France by visiting Metz’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in France.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Love Garden. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 143 visitors.

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

You’ll then say farewell to Metz. 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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