Paris Round-trip: 14-Day France Campervan Itinerary

The Parisian Pursuit—French Charm on Wheels

Paris is known to be one of the most elegant and romantic cities in the world, and with gastronomy that's famed for its perfection, there's no better place to visit than France's capital. With aires throughout the country and all around Paris, you can park your campervan rental, walk into the city, and see the glorious Eiffel Tower shimmering in the night sky.

Touring France in a campervan rental is an affordable option, giving you the freedom to choose where you want to go next! Everything on board, from kitchen facilities to a comfortable bed, means you won't have to worry about hotels or eating out at expensive restaurants every night.

Our 14-day itinerary is ideal for travelers who want to explore France's energetic cities and delve deep into the stunning natural areas spanning the country. Kicking off in Paris means you jump straight into the heart of France and can visit some of the country's most famous landmarks.

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Day 1: Paris

Paris is a city full of culture, history, and iconic fashion. Let's not forget the mouthwatering cuisine—from sweet bakeries to bold ingredients such as snails and frog legs. The city also boasts incredible architecture, with many structures embellished richly inside with classic works of art and sculpture.

The Louvre

France is home to an abundance of museums, but the world's most visited museum is the Louvre in Paris. The museum displays works of art from some of the most famous artists of all time, such as Da Vinci and Michelangelo. The museum is enormous, so it's worth setting plenty of time aside to explore the exhibitions. Admission to the Louvre is €15, and as it is such a popular tourist site, it's worth getting to the museum early.

Jardin des Tuileries

Just a short walk away from the Louvre is Jardin des Tuileries, a stunning garden perfect for after a visit to the museum. There's no admission fee for visiting the gardens, and over the holiday season is a Christmas market to get Paris and all its visitors into the festive spirit.

Day 2: Paris to Parc naturel régional du Perche

The drive from Paris to Naturel Régional de Perche is under 125 miles, allowing for the rest of the day to be spent exploring the vast nature park. With a mixture of forests, meadows, and small villages, the park is the perfect option for getting an authentic feel of the French countryside.

Château des Feugerets

Tucked away in the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche is Château des Feugerets, a grand castle rebuilt in the 17th century to become the elegant château it is today. Visitors can admire the grounds and interior of Château des Feugerets for €5.

Écomusée du Perche

Écomusée du Perche is an integral part of the nature park keeping the heritage alive by showing visitors what life was like for those living in Parc Naturel Régional du Perche. The museum details what beekeeping, creative arts, cooking, and more is like for those living in the park, and with only a €6 entrance fee, it would be a mistake to miss it.

Day 3: Parc naturel régional du Perche to Nantes

The dynamic city of Nantes is one of France's largest cities and is home to a wealth of significant sites and landmarks. It's around a 3-hour drive to reach Nantes from Parc naturel régional du Perche, and along the way, you'll likely drive through Le Mans or Rennes, depending on the route you choose.

Château des Ducs de Bretagne

To learn about the history of Nantes, there's no better place than Château des Ducs de Bretagne. The castle is also home to the Nantes History Museum, which is worth a visit to understand the history that has shaped Nantes into the city it is today. A range of ticket types is available.

Jardin Île de Versailles

The peaceful Jardin Île de Versailles is a beautiful location to walk around a Japanese-inspired park with a stunning diversity of plants and trees. The gardens are open daily with no admission fee, so regardless of the time of year you visit in your campervan, Jardin Île de Versailles will be waiting for you.

Day 4: Nantes to La Rochelle

La Rochelle is a must-visit for anyone heading to France, as it has everything from glorious sandy beaches and impressive architecture to spirited nightlife. The journey from Nantes to La Rochelle is a short 2 hours, so you can enjoy some downtime before hitting the streets and getting your step count up!

Musée Le Bunker de La Rochelle

It’s hard to believe that in the heart of the city lies the Musée Le Bunker de La Rochelle, a bunker built during World War II by the Germans. Today, the site is dedicated to exhibiting the story of La Rochelle from 1939 until the day the city was liberated. Entrance to Musée Le Bunker de La Rochelle costs € 9, and the museum is one of the best places to learn about the grave challenges that the city faced in its past.

Parc Charruyer

With no admission fee and 98 acres to explore, Parc Charruyer is a magnificent place to spend time in the quieter and greener side of La Rochelle. As the park is near the waterfront, you can enjoy the sound of seabirds before heading back to your cozy campervan rental.

Day 5: La Rochelle to Périgord-Limousin Natural Regional Park

A trip to the Périgord-Limousin Natural Regional Park will bring you to the stunning French wilderness, showcasing lakes, rivers, trees, and a vast landscape making hiking lovers feel as though they're in paradise. It's even possible to find gold in the national park, with professional gold prospectors panning for gold in the eastern part of the Périgord-Limousin Natural Regional Park.

Château de Jumilhac

France is known for its abundance of magnificent chateaus and castles, and Château de Jumilhac is no exception. Dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries, the Château is a fantastic place to explore, and with guided visits available, you can learn the tales of Château de Jumilhac's past.

Grotte de Villars

A guided tour at Grotte de Villars will take you through an underground cave network depicting paintings nearly 20,000 years old of how cave dwellers lived all those years ago. On-site, there are over 6.2 miles of explored ground, showcasing calcite, pools, stalagmites, and draperies.

Day 6: Périgord-Limousin Natural Regional Park to Rocamadour

The 2-hour drive from the Périgord-Limousin Natural Regional Park to Rocamadour will land you in a gorgeous location above the Dordogne, a famous river running through south-central France. Rocamadour has attracted tourists worldwide for the village's astonishing cliff-top site.

Cite Religieuse

Rocamadour is a medieval village carved into the side of a mighty cliff that pilgrims have come to visit for many years. Cite Religieuse can be reached by climbing the stairs travelers have ventured up for centuries.

Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Rocamadour

The sacred structure of Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Rocamadour is an unmissable site for those visiting the cliffside village. Although the many stairs to the Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Rocamadour will get your heart pumping, you'll be rewarded with stunning views the further you climb.

Day 7: Rocamadour to Cévennes National Park

The mid-mountain Cévennes National Park is breathtaking and perfect for those who love getting outside and into the heart of nature. The stunning scenery throughout the Cévennes National Park boasts mountains, rivers, trees, cliffs, and abundant wildlife, ideal for keen nature photographers.

Château de Tornac

The medieval Château de Tornac is a castle ruin at the top of a hill with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. It's just a short walk from a nearby parking lot. Unfortunately, access to the inside of the castle isn't permitted, but the grounds are enchanting, and visitors can still get an up-close look at the ruins.

Mont Lozère

The many trails to reach the peak of Mont Lozère make the 1,055-mile high mountain seem a little less intimidating! The views throughout a hike to the top of Mont Lozère are staggeringly beautiful, and in spring, hikers can expect to witness pretty green, yellow, and orange hues.

Day 8: Cévennes National Park to Marseille

Marseille is around a 3-hour drive from the Cévennes National Park and entices tourists with its extensive coastline, perfect for long days relaxing on the sand under warm sun rays. The mild climate of Marseille makes it an ideal place to visit throughout the year.

Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde

A visit to the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde may not be the best idea in the height of summer as the basilica is famed for the challenging, steep steps visitors need to climb to reach the top. However, once the steps have been conquered, visitors will be rewarded with a look inside one of Marseille’s most-visited historical and religious sites. There’s no admission fee, so you can take in the magnitude of the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde without making a dent in your vacation fund.

Old Port of Marseille

The Old Port of Marseille is France’s biggest port, and a stroll around all the cafes, restaurants, and boats will make you feel like a local. When the night closes in, the views are simply stunning, and the romantic sunset is divine on a clear horizon.

Day 9: Marseille to Cannes

Cannes is a particularly unique French city, known worldwide for its fairs, luxurious hotels, and popularity with famous individuals who come to the city for its climate and beauty. With campgrounds throughout the city, there are many options for parking your campervan while you enjoy what Cannes has to offer.

Marché Forville

The joy of renting a campervan with kitchen facilities is the freedom to cook up a feast whenever you fancy! Marché Forville is the perfect location to purchase fresh produce and whip up a Beef Bourguignon or Salade Niçoise.

Boulevard de la Croisette

Cannes is famous for hosting some of the world’s biggest stars for its annual Cannes International Film Festival. Boulevard de la Croisette is a road in the city running alongside the Mediterranean Sea, home to the impressive Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, which is the location of the famous film festival.

Day 10: Cannes to Écrins National Park

Visited by nearly 1 million people each year, the Écrins National Park is an unbeatable example of French nature at its finest. With mountains and glaciers, the national park is a haven for hiking lovers, with trails suitable for a range of levels.

Lac de Serre-Ponçon

Often referred to as the 'heart of the Southern Alps', Lac de Serre-Ponçon is the perfect location for swimming, relaxing, and taking part in various watersports. Tucked away with a mountainous backdrop, Lac de Serre-Ponçon is a site not to be missed on any visit to the Écrins National Park.

La Meije

Mountains are prevalent throughout France, and if you've had a mountain peak hike on your bucket list for a while, there's no better place to find a suitable quest than in the Écrins National Park. La Meije is a towering peak, and with a few different potential trail options, you can carve out time from your day to tackle the impressive mountain.

Day 11: Écrins National Park to Lyon

Even though it's France's third-biggest city, Lyon is an underrated tourist location, meaning you won't have to tackle crowds, unlike in the center of Paris! Lyon is also famous as being France's culinary capital, with dishes such as Salade Lyonnaise, Saucisson brioché, and Pâté en croûte on offer throughout the city.

Parc de la Tête d'Or

There's so much on offer at Parc de la Tete d'Or, from attractive gardens to lakes and even a zoo. The most challenging part will be finding enough time to see everything! During the summer, you can enjoy a pedal boat ride onto the lake for some serenity in the heart of the park.

Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

France's architecture never fails to impress, and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière is a basilica home to a shrine originating from 1170. The basilica has stunning views of Lyon and no admission fee; however, the guided rooftop tour has a fee of €7.

Day 12: Lyon to Parc naturel régional du Morvan

Just 2 hours north of Lyon is the beautiful Morvan Regional Natural Park, the ideal location for parking up your campervan and spending a few hours exploring in the trees. The visitor center for the park is helpful for finding out further information about guided tours, activities, and much more.

La Roche Percée

Cliffs, mountains, and rock formations are plentiful throughout France, and an interesting example is the La Roche Percée rock archway. With a nearby parking lot suitable for your motorhome, you can hike to the La Roche Percée and return to your camper for some post-hike relaxation.

Lac du Crescent

Temperatures in France can get high over the summer months, and when the sun is beaming down on your campervan rental, a body of water nestled in a stunning landscape is the perfect way to cool down. Lac du Crescent is a gem of a lake in the Morvan Regional Natural Park with picnic benches and cool water to swim in.

Day 13: Parc naturel régional du Morvan to Orléans

Orléans is one of France's oldest cities and is situated on the picturesque Loire River. The city is a short distance from Paris, but it's worth dedicating a day to exploring everything Orléans offers.

Cathedral Sainte-Croix d'Orléans

The Roman Catholic gothic church of Cathedral Sainte-Croix d'Orléans stands magnificently amongst the other stunning structures in the city. The rainbow array of stained glass in the cathedral allows sunlight to dance through the windows, making an already spectacular building even more beautiful.

Parc Floral de la Source

With a vast array of fauna and flora, Parc Floral de la Source is a colorful location to enjoy the quieter side of Orléans. Along with vegetable, rose, and tropical gardens, the park boasts a butterfly house, adventure playground, and an animal park. Admission to the park is €6, and there is a handy parking lot nearby that accommodates campervans.

Day 14: Orléans to Paris

The drive north from Orléans to Paris is a little under 2 hours and is a great opportunity to reflect on all the memories you've made on your 14-day French campervan adventure. Be sure to take in all the wondrous green scenery as the landscape changes the closer you are to Paris.

Le Marais

Paris is full of neighborhoods perfect for strolling around on a warm spring day, but Le Marais has a unique character that's hard to find elsewhere in the city. Learning more about the neighborhood's history is possible by taking a guided tour. Alternatively, get a feel for the area yourself by venturing to local restaurants and cafes and strolling down the cobblestone streets.

Place des Vosges

As one of Paris' oldest squares, Place des Vosges is still full of grandeur, with green grass and water features to embellish the square further. With many shops around the square, you can find something special to remember your Paris adventure by.

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