France Self-Drive Tours & Itineraries

Explore 38 self-drive trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to France.

Get behind the wheel and discover what France has to offer on a self-drive tour around the country. You’ll see world-famous attractions during the journey, from the vineyards of Bordeaux to the island of Mont-Saint-Michel, but much of the appeal lies in the scenery you’ll see along the way, not to mention medieval villages, colorful marketplaces, the ancient stone streets of Provence, and the glittering lights of the French Riviera. With these unique itinerary ideas, you’re in the driver’s seat—you can enjoy the trip at your own pace.

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Charming street in Aix en Provence
Map of Pure Provence Road Trip: Marseille, Avignon, Verdon Gorge & More  - 12 Days
Pure Provence Road Trip: Marseille, Avignon, Verdon Gorge & More - 12 Days

France is known the world over for its romance, but there might be no other region that encompasses its quintessential beauty—the cities, villages, hills, and beaches—quite like Provence. This is where the countryside meets the coast, where the Alps meet lavender fields, and where the French Riveria runs from Marseilles to the Italian border. Experience it all on this luxurious 12-day driving tour. 

Hilltop perched village of Gordes
Map of Self-Drive Culture, Wine, and Food Tour of Southern France - 8 Days
Self-Drive Culture, Wine, and Food Tour of Southern France - 8 Days

On this self-drive tour, you'll get behind the wheel and take off into the south of France, discovering the highlights of the famed Provence region in just over a week. The tour will take you from the nation's oldest city, Marseille, to the markets and cafés of charming Aix-en-Provence. It continues to the historic city of Avignon, on the Rhône River, as well as into the Alpilles Mountains and over the valleys of the Luberon region. At the end of each day, you'll hang your hat in some of the most charming hotels and B&Bs in all of France.

La Grande Fontaine in Saint-Paul de Vence
Map of Ultimate French Riviera Road Trip - 5 Days
Ultimate French Riviera Road Trip - 5 Days

This relaxed, self-drive itinerary travels through some of the best coastal and countryside villages in the French Riviera. Starting and ending in Nice, you'll experience Mediterranean beaches, medieval architecture, local markets, perfumeries, and even hiking trails in the nearby mountains (if you so choose). Stay at a different scenic destination each night for a road-trip adventure you won't soon forget!

Famous medieval castle Sully sur Loire at sunset
Map of Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley - 10 Days
Paris, Normandy & the Loire Valley - 10 Days

This epic 10-day French adventure kicks off in Paris for three days of culture and cuisine in the 'City of Lights'. Then, drive yourself to the Normandy coast to visit Mont Saint Michel and other historical sites—spanning 900 years—between Bayeux and Omaha Beach. Next is the Loire Valley where you'll explore charming towns and gorgeous castles before returning to Paris (by train) for one more night on the town.

One of the famous perched villages in Dordogne
Map of Western France Road Trip - 14 Days
Western France Road Trip - 14 Days

This spectacular road-trip adventure through Western France provides a subtle mix of history, culture, cuisine, wine, and outdoor activity—and plenty of picturesque landscapes between stops. Over the course of two weeks, you'll spend quality time in Paris, Normandy, Bordeaux, and the Dordogne region with a combination of tours led by English-speaking local guides and free time to explore on your own.

Drive through the lavender fields of Provence
Map of Provence Road Trip: Marseille, Les Baux, Forcalquier & Aix - 10 Days
Provence Road Trip: Marseille, Les Baux, Forcalquier & Aix - 10 Days

Experience the quintessential highlights of the Provence region from the Mediterranean Sea to the deepest gorge in France (Gorges du Verdon) on this self-drive itinerary. Along with a mix of outdoor activities and cultural tours, you'll have plenty of free time to explore charming villages, famous vineyards, and UNESCO-listed monuments at your own pace for an adventure to remember.

An ancient alley in the village of Lourmarin
Map of Provence Road Trip:  Food, Wine & Culture - 7 Days
Provence Road Trip: Food, Wine & Culture - 7 Days

Get behind the wheel in the South of France during this weeklong road trip through the Provence region. Starting in Marseille, you'll swim in the Mediterranean, tour cafés and vineyards in Aix en Provence, and explore a range of picturesque hilltop villages in the Luberon. At the end of each day, hang your hat on some of the most charming hotels in France while choosing between exquisite dining options.

The Fontain de la Rotonde in Aix-en-Provence in France
Map of Provence Highlights and Culture Self-Drive Tour - 11 Days
Provence Highlights and Culture Self-Drive Tour - 11 Days

One region that perfectly encapsulates France's rich culture is Provence. On a self-drive tour, you'll stop in historic cities like Marseille and Aix-en-Provence as well as hilltop villages like Uzès and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. As an added treat you'll hike canyons, kayak along the coast, and participate in a cooking class and wine tour.  

Spend a day strolling through Aix en Provence
Map of Ultimate Provençal Road Trip - 5 Days
Ultimate Provençal Road Trip - 5 Days

Perhaps no other region encompasses France's exceptional beauty better than Provence. During this 5-day self-drive itinerary, you'll experience the highlights with stops in emblematic cities such as Marseille and Aix-en-Provence as well as traditional villages in the scenic countryside. Finish the adventure in medieval Avignon coupled with a wine tasting in nearby Chateauneuf du Pape.

Chateau of Sully-sur-Loire
Map of Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux  - 10 Days
Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 10 Days

If driving from Paris through western France for ten days sounds like a dream come true, this itinerary is for you. Start in Paris, where art at the Louvre, flaky croissants and a day trip to Versailles will capture your imagination and taste buds. Continue to the Loire Valley to see the famed castles and see where da Vinci lived, then end in Bordeaux for world-famous oysters and wine.

Chenonceau at Sunset
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 14 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 14 Days

Spend two weeks exploring the highlights of western France, from the City of Lights to the quiet villages of the Loire Valley. Sample pastries in Paris and head underground to see the catacombs, then hit the road for the beaches on the Normandy coast. End the trip in Bordeaux, where you’ll haggle with vendors for fresh seafood at an 18th-century market.

Beach in Deauville
Map of Western France Road Trip: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 16 Days
Western France Road Trip: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 16 Days

Spend sixteen days exploring everything western France has to offer, from the metropolitan culture of Paris to the peaceful countryside of Bordeaux. See art at the Louvre, take a day trip to the gilded halls of Versailles, and vacation like the French on the Normandy seaside. Visit Mont-Saint-Michel—the abbey on an island—before continuing south to the land of resplendent châteaus and free-flowing wine.

Dancing in the Paris Sunlight
Map of Family Road Trip in Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 8 Days
Family Road Trip in Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 8 Days

Pack the family and hit the road for a self-drive trip through western France. Spend eight days seeing art in Paris, learning about history in Normandy, and vacationing on the seaside like the French. See Paris from the eyes of your kids with a treasure hunt at the Louvre, tour D-Day sites, and get an adrenaline rush when you try sand yachting 

Bridge of St. Benezet, Avignon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 14 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 14 Days

Provence is home to some of France's most populated spots, and you'll soon see why it's so popular with this two-week self-drive itinerary. Start by looking for the perfect angles to capture the city of Marseilles, then learn to cook with some help from the experts of Aix-en-Provence. Sample well-established wines and olive oils, wander ancient stone streets, and you just may be convinced to join the many residents.

Chateau du Moulin in Lassay-sur-Croisne
Map of Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 9 Days
Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 9 Days

Paris, the Loire Valley, and Bordeaux—when it comes to French history and wine, what more do you need? This nine-day road trip includes this and more: from world-famous art in Paris and the famed castles of Tours to the unparalleled Bordeaux wine and fresh-caught Arcachon oysters. Dive into the French lifestyle as you enjoy fresh seafood in a typical brasserie and haggle with burly vendors at an 18th-century market. 

Lavender fields in Avignon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 10 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 10 Days

Take 10 days to stop and smell the lavender as you traverse the fields, vineyards, and villages of Provence on this self-drive trip. This popular region of southeastern France has plenty for your senses to enjoy: take in the scents of soapmaking workshops, sights of the Mediterranean coast, and tastes of famous wines and market-fresh cooking on your adventure.

Normandy Countryside
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Cognac, Bordeaux, & More - 20 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Cognac, Bordeaux, & More - 20 Days

Vacation like the French on the Normandy seaside on this 20-day road trip through western France. You'll walk through the gilded halls of Versailles, immerse yourself in history on the D-Day beaches, and sample the best of France’s wine and cuisine in Bordeaux. For a taste of authentic western France life, haggle with vendors for your lunch at an 18th-century market, then head to the beach to enjoy wine and seafood on the water.

Sully sur Loire
Map of Road Trip through Western France: Paris & the Loire Valley - 5 Days
Road Trip through Western France: Paris & the Loire Valley - 5 Days

If you're short on time and want to see Paris and western France, this five-day road trip is the perfect getaway. Start in the City of Lights to haggle with market vendors and view art at the Louvre, then hit the road for the Loire Valley to the south-west. Here, each château is more magnificent than the last, and an endless variety of French wines are waiting for you to taste them. 

Colorful parasols on Deauville Beach
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & More - 15 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & More - 15 Days

Fifteen days is enough time to get off the beaten path in western France on this road trip from Paris to Bordeaux. Start in the capital city, where you'll visit the Louvre and enjoy afternoon walks along the Seine River. Head west along the Atlantic Coast to explore WWII history and explore small fishing villages and beaches, then continue south for countryside castles, Bordeaux wine, and the famed Arcachon oysters.

Young child enjoying autumn in Paris
Map of Family Road Trip in Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 10 Days
Family Road Trip in Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 10 Days

From the big city lights and historical museums of Paris to the quiet beaches of Western France, there's something on this 10-day road trip to delight everyone in the family, regardless of age. Start your trip in the capital city to explore highlights like the Louvre and Versaille, then rent a car and head west. Sample fresh seafood, try sand yachting and learn about D-Day history on the beaches of Normandy. 

Low Tide in Arcachon Bay
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & More - 18 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & More - 18 Days

If spending eighteen days driving from France's capital down the western Atlantic Coast sounds like the perfect getaway, this itinerary is for you. Start in Paris for flaky croissants and strong espresso, then hit the road for the coast. Vacation like the French on the Normandy seaside as you explore medieval and WWII history, then continue to the Loire Valley to see resplendent châteaus. End in Bordeaux, where the wine and oysters are unparalleled. 

Water mill in the Old Town of Bayeux
Map of Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Normandy, & the Loire Valley - 8 Days
Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Normandy, & the Loire Valley - 8 Days

Eight days is enough time to see the highlights of western France at a leisurely pace—and this road trip does just that. Spend three days in Paris, where you'll explore the city's history and secrets—both at street level and underground. Continue west to the Atlantic Coast for a vacation on Normandy's seaside, then head to Loire Valley, where 300+ castles line the peaceful country roads.

In front of the Louvre
Map of Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Normandy, & the Loire Valley - 7 Days
Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Normandy, & the Loire Valley - 7 Days

If you have a week and want to explore western France, this quick road trip is perfect. Begin your journey in Paris, where you'll spend equal amounts of time exploring the city's history and savoring pastries. Continue to Normandy to visit the preserved city of Bayeux and see D-Day sites. End the trip in the Loire Valley to discover its famed castles and châteaus.

Abbey of Senanque in the Luberon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 12 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 12 Days

See the scenery that attracted the likes of Rénoir, Cézanne, Picasso, and Van Gogh on this 12-day self-drive itinerary. You may even find some artistic inspiration of your own as you cruise down the glittering coastlines, wander through picturesque villages, and sip the vintages of old-growth vineyards.

Saint Benezet bridge in Avignon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 6 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 6 Days

Savor the tastes of Southern France's Provence region on this six-day road trip itinerary. Take a farm-to-table cooking class, sample the vintages of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region, and stroll across the songworthy bridges of Avignon with your time in this culinary territory.

Chenonceau castle and grounds
Map of Road Trip through Western France: Paris & the Loire Valley - 6 Days
Road Trip through Western France: Paris & the Loire Valley - 6 Days

If you've got six days and want to explore Paris and the Loire Valley, consider this short road trip. Start in the capital city where you'll eat your fill of pastries, visit the Louvre, and learn about the city's history. Spend the second half of the trip in the Loire Valley, where magnificent castles dot the countryside and the stories flow like French wine. 

Hilltop village of Gordes
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 15 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 15 Days

As one of France's first wine regions, Provence has been making wine for more than 2,000 years. Taste the fruits of all that historic expertise and more on this 15-day road trip. You'll stay in six different cities in the region, exploring everything from soapmaking to Sauternes, and modern museums to Roman ruins, as you take in all that Provence has to offer.

Enjoying the views
Map of Family Road Trip in Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 9 Days
Family Road Trip in Western France: Paris, Normandy, & Brittany - 9 Days

See the Eiffel Tower in Paris, explore tidal pools on the beaches of Normandy, and learn about pirates and seafaring history in the walled city on this packed 9-day family road trip. From delicious French pastries in the capital city to fresh-caught seafood in the neighborhood brasserie, there's no shortage of culinary delights. For young travelers, treasure hunts, sand yachting, and more up the adventure. 

Vieux Port in Honfleur
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Cognac, Bordeaux, & More - 19 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Cognac, Bordeaux, & More - 19 Days

Drive along the Atlantic Coast on this nineteen-day road trip through western France. Start in Paris to see world-famous galleries at the Louvre and walk along the Seine River, then head west to explore the fishing villages and beaches of the Atlantic Coast. Visit Mont-Saint-Michel, the abbey on an island, and enjoy fresh seafood in a typical brasserie. End the trip in Bordeaux to sample the best of France’s wine and cuisine.

Streets of Avignon
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 11 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 11 Days

Whether you're picking up a single sunflower in the market or shelling out for one of the world's most expensive bottles of rose wine, you're sure to find something worth indulging in on this eleven-day road trip itinerary. From France's oldest city of Marseilles, up to the Luberon's hilltop villages, and down to the former seat of the papacy in Avignon, every destination has something new to offer.

Richelieu quay of Garonne river in Bordeaux
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 17 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 17 Days

From the streetside cafes of Paris to the fresh seafood markets of Normandy, this seventeen-day road trip through western France has it all. Spend a few days in the capital viewing art and eating your weight in pastries, then head west along the coast to vacation like the French on the Normandy seaside. Wrap the trip up in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux, famous for their countryside castles, 18th-century farmer's markets, and the freshest oysters in France.

Vineyards near Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 9 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 9 Days

Twirl around to the catchy tune of Sur le Pont d'Avignon as you cross said bridge and more on this nine-day self-drive trip. In addition to crossing the celebrated bridge of Avignon, you'll stroll down the Mediterranean coast and through markets, vineyards, olive groves, and more to see all that Provence has to offer.

Church of the Holy Ghost, Aix-en-Provence
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 8 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 8 Days

Provence was once the first Roman territory beyond the Alps, and while you won't be riding in as a conqueror, you'll see why they wanted it for their own after this eight-day self-drive trip. Craft your own soap, cruise around the coast of Marseille, cook with ingredients from local markets, and more as you explore the region.

Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux
Map of Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 11 Days
Road Trip through Western France: Paris, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 11 Days

Eleven days driving though the pretty countryside of western France—what could be better? Start your trip in Paris—land of espresso, world-famous art, and the gilded halls of Versailles. Hit the road for the Loire Valley, where 300+ castles, each one lovelier than the last, await exploration. End with three days in Bordeaux for a visit to the market and tasting of Arcachon’s oysters.

Bayeux
Map of Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 13 Days
Road Trip Through Western France: Paris, Normandy, Loire Valley, & Bordeaux - 13 Days

If spending thirteen days driving from Paris through Normandy to Bordeaux sounds like your perfect getaway, this trip is for you. Get to know the sweet side of France on a pastry tour in Paris, breathe in the fresh ocean air in Normandy, and view castles (including da Vinci’s former residence) in the Loire Valley. End in Bordeaux to sample the best of France’s wine and cuisine.

Roman amphitheater in Arles Old Town
Map of France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 13 Days
France Road Trip: Ultimate Self-Drive Tour of Provence - 13 Days

Provence gets roughly 2,900 hours of sunshine per year, so you'll have plenty of time to bask in this 13-day road trip through the South of France. You'll make your way from coastal Marseilles inland to experience French farm cooking, hilltop villages, established wine estates and olive oil groves, and even ancient Roman ruins under the southern French sun.