22 days in France & Iceland Itinerary

22 days in France & Iceland Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Colmar
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Colmar, France
— 3 nights
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Albi, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Azay-le-Rideau, France
— 1 night
Drive
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La Cambe, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Honfleur, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amiens, France
— 1 night
Train to Paris Orly, Fly to Reykjavik
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Reykjavik, Iceland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vik, Iceland
— 3 nights
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Colmar, France

— 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile. Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise St-Martin and Musée d'Unterlinden. Change things up with a short trip to Obernai Synagogue in Obernai (about 44 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, examine the collection at Musee du Jouet, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Gregoire.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colmar trip planning website.

Mumbai, India to Colmar is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Colmar is minus 4.5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in December: high temperatures in Colmar hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Albi.

Things to do in Colmar

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Albi, France

— 2 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): wander the streets of Place du Vigan, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, and then snap pictures at Pont Vieux. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally explore the world behind art at Centre d'art Le LAIT.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Albi tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colmar to Albi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Albi

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Azay-le-Rideau, France

— 1 night
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais, and then steep yourself in history at La Forteresse de Montbazon.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Azay-le-Rideau trip site.

Traveling by car from Albi to Azay-le-Rideau takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to La Cambe.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

La Cambe, France

— 2 nights
La Cambe is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, brush up on your military savvy at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and then learn about all things military at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum). On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Cambe trip planner.

Getting from Azay-le-Rideau to La Cambe by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in La Cambe can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Honfleur.

Things to do in La Cambe

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Honfleur, France

— 3 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Catherine's Catholic Church and Vieux Bassin. Notre Dame de Grace and Cathedrale Notre-Dame will appeal to history buffs. Explore Honfleur's surroundings by going to Memorial de Caen (in Caen) and Rouen (Vieux Rouen, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more).

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Honfleur trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from La Cambe to Honfleur takes 1.5 hours. In January in Honfleur, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Honfleur

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Amiens, France

— 1 night

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Maison de Jules Verne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and then take a stroll through St-Leu.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Amiens day trip tool.

You can drive from Honfleur to Amiens in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Amiens sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Reykjavik.

Things to do in Amiens

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Reykjavik, Iceland

— 5 nights
Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, effortlessly combines small-town charm with heaps of big city energy.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Landnámssýningin/The Settlement Exhibition and Secret Lagoon - Gamla Laugin. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Reykjavik with a short trip to Thingvellir National Park in Thingvellir, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Laugavegur, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iceland, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take in panoramic vistas at Perlan.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Reykjavik online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Amiens to Reykjavik takes 9 hours. Traveling from Amiens to Reykjavik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Amiens in January: high temperatures in Reykjavik hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vik.

Things to do in Reykjavik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

Vik, Iceland

— 3 nights
Iceland's southernmost village, Vik, sports some of the country's wildest and most dramatic coastline.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Reynisfjara Beach and Icelandic Lava Show. Step out of the city life by going to Sólheimajökulll and Dyrhólaey. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reyniskirkja Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Skogafoss, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black Sand Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Vik, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Reykjavik to Vik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Reykjavik in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Vik, with lows of 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vik

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

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

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

Iceland travel guide

4.5
Waterfalls · Churches · Thermal Spas
Land of Fire and Ice
Experience the drama of this mountainous island in the North Atlantic, from glacial rivers to rushing waterfalls and geothermal hot spots. Iceland's cities, like its capital Reykjavik, are home to passionate natives who honor their Icelandic culture and history. Venture from the cities to experience the country's most powerful attraction: its breathtaking landscapes. Take a trip to one of the island's renowned national parks, see the effects of volcanic activity, and go for a dip in one of its many lakes. A haven for outdoor recreation, you can glacier hike, whitewater raft, and swim in natural pools.