8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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8 days in France Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Saint-Venant
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Dijon
— 2 nights
3
Lyon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Marseille
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Glasgow

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night
Saint-Venant

Saint-Venant ©
Saint-Venant is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.GeographySaint-Venant is situated some 9mi northwest of Béthune and 26mi west of Lille, at the junction of the D186 and D916 roads and by the banks of the Lys River.Places of interest The church of St. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at St.Venant Communal Cemetery and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Peylouse.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Venant driving holiday planner.

Glasgow, UK to Saint-Venant is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Glasgow to Saint-Venant. Traveling from Glasgow in July, expect Saint-Venant to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Saint-Venant

Parks Historic Sites
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Jardins de la Peylouse ©
Jardins de la Peylouse
St.Venant Communal Cemetery ©
St.Venant Communal Cemetery

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Dijon

Dijon ©
Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the views from Pinard Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Parc de la Colombiere, then learn more about the world around you at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, then ponder the design of Monument Sadi Carnot Place de la Republique, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Michel de Dijon. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Parc des Carrieres Bacquin, get outside with Aqua-City, then cruise along Route des Grands Crus, then indulge your taste buds at Alter and Go, and finally don't miss a visit to Vieux Dole.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dijon trip planner .

Getting from Saint-Venant to Dijon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In July in Dijon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Dijon

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Pinard Bridge, Route des Grands Crus, Vieux Dole
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Parc de la Colombiere ©
Parc de la Colombiere
Parc des Carrieres Bacquin ©
Parc des Carrieres Bacquin
Museum d'Histoire Naturelle ©
Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

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Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll around Parc de Parilly, explore the engaging exhibits at OL Le Musee, head outdoors with Le Mur de Lyon, then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Lyon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nizier.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planner .

You can drive from Dijon to Lyon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lyon are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Musee d'Histoire de Lyon ©
Musee d'Histoire de Lyon
Parc de Parilly ©
Parc de Parilly
OL Le Musee ©
OL Le Musee

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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre, take a memorable tour with Cimes et Canyons, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at River and Nature, then see the interesting displays at Domaine Lavandais - Musee de la Lavande, then Head underground at Escale Aventure, and finally experience rural life at La Miellerie J.D Granade.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Lyon to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Remeze, Cimes et Canyons, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Escale Aventure
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Cimes et Canyons ©
Cimes et Canyons
Escale Aventure ©
Escale Aventure
Le Pont d'Arc ©
Le Pont d'Arc

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Marseille

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Calanque de Samena, examine the collection at Pavillon M, stop by Maison Empereur, make a trip to Basilique du Sacre-Ceour, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Marseille sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Tours Transportation
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Calanque de Samena ©
Calanque de Samena
Eglise Saint-Laurent ©
Eglise Saint-Laurent

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