Small Towns of France

Romantic
Romantic
13 - 20
days

From the historic streets of Orleans, saved by Joan of Arc in the 15C, to the beautiful "Pearl of the French Alps" Annecy, followed by the unique landscape of Le Puy-en-Velay, which features volcanic pillars topped with iconic monuments, explore authentic French history, culture, and cuisine on this small town trip.

In this trip

  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places
  • CultureCulture
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • Night LifeNight Life
  • ActiveActive

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Paris, France

  • 2

    Orleans, France

  • 3

    Annecy, France

  • 4

    Le Puy en Velay, France

  • 5

    Rocamadour, France

  • 6

    Perigueux, France

  • 7

    Poitiers, France

  • 8

    St. Malo, France

  • 9

    Caen, France

  • 10

    Paris, France

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Things to do in and around Paris

  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Ile de la Cité
  • Île St. Louis
  • Place des Vosges, Paris
  • Place des Vosges
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Fontainebleau, Paris
  • Latin Quarter
  • Champs-Élysées from Above
  • Le Louvre, Paris
  • Sacre-Coeur
  • 0MB_5705
  • Château de Chantilly - 24-12-2007 - 15h44
  • Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars
  • Untitled
  • 295 Paris - place Vendome
  • Fontaines
  • Le centre-ville de Compiègne et son hôtel de ville du XVIe siècle, de style gothique flamboyant, Oise, Picardie
  • day trip to chartres
  • Lac Daumesnil
  • Rodin Museum building
  • Notre Dame
  • Musee d'Orsay wide view
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  • Auxerre
   
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Paris

France, Ile-De-France region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life3 nights

The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, rich culture, and amazing cuisine, making it one of the best destinations in the world.

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Centuries of cultural and political development have brought Paris a variety of museums, theaters, monuments and architectural styles. Among Paris' important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, and the Musee National d'Art Modern, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century to 13th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and more. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
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Things to do in and around Orleans

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  • Campagne Européenne 2009
  • Maison à Colombages, Orleans-- Maison de Jeanne d'Arc!
  • Cathédrale Sainte-Croix d'Orléans 2
  • Paris-Petit Palais (4)
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Blois
  • Parc Floral de la Source
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  • Amboise
  • Fontainebleau, Paris
   
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Orleans

France, Centre region

CultureFoodNight life1 night

Considered the capital of the Centre region, this city is excellent for lovers of history and quality dining.

Orleans is a city in north-central France. Orleans is located in the northern bend of the Loire, which crosses from east to west. Orleans belongs to the vallee de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city offers many sights, including the Gallo-Roman town-wall on the north side of the cathedral (4th century AD) and along the rue de la Tour-Neuve; The Hotel Groslot, built between 1550 and 1555; Many historical houses and mansions can still be admired in the city center which is one of the largest in France due to the great importance of the city until the 20th century.
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Things to do in and around Annecy

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  • Musée-château d'Annecy
  • Albigny Beach @ Lake Annecy
  • Aix-les-bains vu du Revard
  • Chambery, fontaine des eléphants
  • Megeve
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Annecy

France, Rhone-Alpes region

Small townsCultureFoodActiveHistoric1 night

Known as the "Venice of Savoie", this town is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Haute Savoie region.

Annecy is a commune in the Rhone-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy. Sometimes called "Venice of the Alps", this idyllic and touristic representation comes from its two canals and the Thiou river lying through the old city and whose initial role was to protect the city and to empower its handicrafts.

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Things to do in and around Le Puy en Velay

  • Arriving to Le Puy
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne - Aquitaine.
  • exotic west facade
  • Le Puy-en-Velay  (Haute-Loire), chapelle St-Michel d'Aiguilhe (1)
  • Le Puy en Velay
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  • Clermont-Ferrand sunrise
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Le Puy en Velay

France, Auvergne region

Small townsCultureHistoricFoodNature1 night

With massive volcanic spikes, this village setting is awe-inspiring, along with its artifacts and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Le Puy-en-Velay is a commune in south-central France near the Loire river. The city is famous for its cathedral, a kind of lentil, and for its lace-making. Le Puy-en-Velay's most striking attraction is the Cathedrale Notre-Dame du Puy, dating chiefly from the first half of the 12th century. The façade, striped in courses of white sandstone and black volcanic breccia, is reached by a flight of sixty steps, and consists of three orders, the lowest composed of three high arcades opening into the porch, which extends beneath the first bays of the nave.
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Things to do in and around Rocamadour

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  • Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
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  • P1000242 Sarlat-la-Canéda, maisons vues de la tour de l'ancienne église Sainte-Marie
  • Cahors
  • Tarn river at Albi
  • Paris - Tilt-shift
   
5

Rocamadour

France, Midi-Pyrenees region

Small townsNatureFood1 night

Clinging to a cliff, this lovely village offers beautiful historical monuments and quaint yet amazing old houses.

Rocamadour is a commune in south-western France. Rocamadour has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, and especially for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has attracted pilgrims from every country. Rocamadour was a dependency of the abbey of Tulle to the north in the Bas Limousin. The buildings of Rocamadour (from roca, cliff, and sant Amador) rise in stages up the side of a cliff on the right bank of the Alzou, which here runs between rocky walls 120 meters (390 ft) in height. Flights of steps ascend from the lower town to the churches, a group of massive buildings half-way up the cliff.
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Things to do in and around Perigueux

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  • Rue Limogeanne, Périgueux
  • A36 La Vésunna, Périgueux, 2005
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  • Tapestry in Pech Merle cave museum
  • P1000242 Sarlat-la-Canéda, maisons vues de la tour de l'ancienne église Sainte-Marie
  • Saint-Émilion, France
  • PANORAMA ANGOULEME
  • Cahors
  • Le château médiéval de Castelnaud
  • Limoges from cathedral gardens
   
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Perigueux

France, Aquitaine region

Small townsHistoricCulture2 nights

This lovely town located in Dordogne, features a Renaissance and Medieval district with interesting monuments.

Perigueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France. It is also the seat of a Roman Catholic diocese. Sights in Perigueux include: the remains of a Roman amphitheater (known locally as the arenes romaines) the center of which has been turned into a green park with a water fountain; the remains of a temple of the Gallic goddess "Vesunna"; and a luxurious Roman villa, called the "Domus of Vesunna", built around a garden courtyard surrounded by a colonnaded peristyle now housed in the Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum.
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Things to do in and around Poitiers

  • Poitiers
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  • Poitiers, St Hilaire le Grand
  • Poitiers (5)
  • Chinon
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  • Poitiers
  • Saumur
  • Amboise
   
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Poitiers

France, Poitou-Charentes region

CultureHistoricSmall townsFood1 night

A major university center, this city boasts rich architecture, great food, and charming streets.

Poitiers is a city on the Clain river in west central France. Poitiers is a major university center. The center of town is picturesque and its streets include predominant historical architecture, especially religious architecture and especially from the Romanesque period. Major sights include : Baptistere Saint-Jean (4th century), the oldest church in France; Palace of Poitiers, the seat of the dukes of Aquitaine; Eglise Notre-Dame-la-Grande, oldest Romanesque architecture church in Europe; And more.
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Things to do in and around St. Malo

  • St Malo
  • St Malo
  • Saint Malo 2012-05-31-13
  • St. Malo View
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  • Low Tide
  • dinard
  • grand aquarium at enosui
  • Castle
  • River boat trip - Dinan
  • La mairie ete le cuivre
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  • Château de Vitré
   
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St. Malo

France, Brittany region

Small townsBeachesHistoricCultureFood2 nights

This once well-fortified city is now a popular seaside resort, offering all the relaxation and excellent cuisine you could want.

Saint-Malo is a walled port city in Brittany in northwestern France on the English Channel. Today it is a major tourist destination, with many ancient, attractive building. Now inseparably attached to the mainland, Saint-Malo is the most visited place in Brittany. Sites of interest include: The walled city (La Ville Intra-Muros); The chateau of Saint-Malo, part of which is now the town museum; The Solidor Tower in Saint-Servan is a 14th-century building that holds a collection tracing the history of voyages around Cape Horn; And more.
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Things to do in and around Caen

  • Old and New Buildings in Caen
  • Place Saint-Martin
  • Caen in Bermuda (1) (Bermuda Cathedral)
  • 370. Impressionnisme
  • Saint Trophime Church - Place de la Republique, Arles - triumphal arch - - The Last Judgement
  • PONT AUDEMER
  • France-000611 - Marina
  • Trouville sur mer
  • Yachts in Trouville
  • Low Tide
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
   
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Caen

France, Normandy region

HistoricCultureFood2 nights

This proud city steeped in history and culture is an excellent base from which to discover Normandy.

Caen is a commune in northwestern France. It is located 15 km inland from the English Channel. Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen, heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
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Things to do in and around Paris

  • Paris Skyline Eiffel Tower
  • Ile de la Cité
  • Île St. Louis
  • Place des Vosges, Paris
  • Place des Vosges
  • Versailles 10/10/2013
  • Fontainebleau, Paris
  • Latin Quarter
  • Champs-Élysées from Above
  • Le Louvre, Paris
  • Sacre-Coeur
  • 0MB_5705
  • Château de Chantilly - 24-12-2007 - 15h44
   
10

Paris

France, Ile-De-France region

CultureFoodHistoricNight life1 night

The City of Lights boasts fascinating architecture, rich culture, and amazing cuisine, making it one of the best destinations in the world.

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Centuries of cultural and political development have brought Paris a variety of museums, theaters, monuments and architectural styles. Among Paris' important museums and cultural institutions are the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, and the Musee National d'Art Modern, the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. The central area of the city along the Seine River is classified as a UNESCO Heritage Site, and includes many monuments, including Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century to 13th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and more. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the twice-yearly Paris Fashion Week, and for its haute cuisine, and three-star restaurants.
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