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10 days in France by train – my detailed circuit

It is very difficult to visit France in 10 days only, and even more to choose the places to visit for a France train tour… But as nothing is impossible, here is my itinerary to visit France in 10 days by train !

This proposed tour is just a model that I share with you to give you an idea and help you build your own itinerary. It can be different depending on traffic, strikes, changes in schedules, deviations…

Visit France in 10 days – my route in France by train

As a reminder and before giving you more important circuit details, here is the map of the 10 days in France itinerary by train.

Visit France in 10 days – booking train tickets

As this itinerary is made for a France tour by train, you are perhaps asking : where can I book my train tickets ? Directly in Paris ? At the station ? On line ?

I think that it’s better to book some months in advance to have a better choice in schedules. And it’s a truth that it’s easier to book on line !

Here is a good website serious and reliable where you can find France ticket trains : https://www.thetrainline.com/en/train-companies/sncf

Visit France in 10 days – Detailed itinerary by train day by day

My route in France by train – DAY 1

  • Arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
  • Take a taxi to your hotel : about 30 minutes.
  • Night in Paris with perhaps a Cruise on the Seine…

A Cruise on the seine for my itinerary by train for 10 days in France

You know that Montmartre is my favorite place in Paris ?

So, I advise you to book an hotel in this beautiful place in Paris.

You will find here below my 2 favorite ones.

Hotel Ibis Paris Montmartre 

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Why Hotel Ibis Paris Montmartre is a good choice ?

Because its location is perfect ! You can plan a dinner at the cabaret Le Moulin Rouge, and you will not have to take any taxi…

At 15-minute walk from Sacre-Cœur basilica, this Ibis hotel is also near a metro station (at 5 minutes on walk).

The location is good because it is in the center of Paris with a lot of restaurants and cafes.

But the main advantage is its price : for an hotel in Paris it is not expensive !

Hotel Lepic Montmartre

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Why the Maison Lepic Montmartre is a good choice ?

A garden-terrace in the center of Paris is unexpected, rare and very pleasant ! Its atmosphere is romantic and just a few steps from the Sacre Cœur.

As it’s really a dream hotel for a romantic stay in Paris, Maison Lepic Montmartre is definitively my favorite hotel in Montmartre !

Rooms are cozy, clean and very well equipped. Breakfast buffet is generous with fresh quality products and delicious pastries.

My route in France by train – DAY 2

  • Visit Paris : Eiffel Tower, Arts Bridge, Champs Elysées, The Tuileries, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Sacré Cœur and Montmartre…
  • You can take a tourist bus to visit the best places in Paris.
  • Cruise on the Seine or a dinner show at Moulin Rouge cabaret ;
  • Night in Montmartre Hotel.

10 days in France by train - moulin rouge in Paris

My route in France by train – DAY 3

  • Visit Paris in the morning : continuation with museums, shopping…
  • 13h00 – Departure from Gare Austerlitz in Paris to Mer (in the Loir et Cher) (2h)
  • Change in Blois city
  • 14h44 Take the Regional Express Transport train
  • Arrival at 14h53 at Mer (Loir-et-Cher)
  • Take a taxi in Mer (+33 2 54 78 07 65 or +33 2 54 74 00 40) to Chambord (15minutes)
  • Hotel installation

Best hotel in Chambord – Relais de Chambord

Here is the most beautiful place to spend the evening and the night in Chambord.

A night in the luxurious 4 stars hotel Relais de Chambord is a single experience you should offer !

Furthermore, the location of this hotel is perfect (it’s the nearest hotel from Chambord Castle), it has 2 good restaurants,spa, steam room and sauna…

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My route in France by train – DAY 4

  • Visit Chambord Castle in the morning.

Built in the heart of the biggest closed forest park in Europe, Chambord castle is the largest and the most harmonious castle in Loire Valley.

Chambord Castle in my France tour in ten days by train

  • 14h30 – Taxi for Mer train station (15 minutes)
  • 15h09 – Train Mer – Amboise (St Pierre) 30 minutes
  • 3h43 – Arrival in Amboise
  • Visit Amboise Castle (1h00)

Amboise with its Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an architectural jewel of the Renaissance located on the banks of the Loire River.

  • Hotel installation – Night in Amboise

Hotel in Amboise – Le Manoir Saint Thomas

Perfect to spend a night in a castle as if you lived in the 16th century ! This is a luxurious and beautiful place in a historic setting. Ideally located in Amboise, a few steps from the Castle, this hotel has a very nice swimming pool and modern comfort in its manor house. For only 100 Euros the night !

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My route in France by train – DAY 5

  • Visit Amboise city in the morning

Amboise Castle in my ten days tour in France by train

  • 12h00 – Departure from your hotel by taxi to Amboise train station
  • 12h35 – Departure from Amboise to St-Pierre-des-Corps by train (Regional Express Transport) (15 minutes)
  • Change in St-Pierre-des-Corps (12 min)
  • 13h02 – Departure from St-Pierre-des-Corps by TGV for Bordeaux (1h50)
  • 14h52 – Arrival in Bordeaux-St-Jean
  • 15h00 – Taxi to your Hotel
  • Visit Bordeaux and night in Bordeaux

Best hotel in Bordeaux – Coté Cour de L’Hôtel Particulier

In Bordeaux, I must advise you a beautiful accommodation in the historic center and near all the main sites to visit. This is not an hotel but a guest house.The elegant rooms are fully equipped but you can also order breakfasts.

It is situated in the centre between the Grand Théâtre and Saint-Andre’s Cathedral. From The Coté Cour de l’Hotel Particulier, it’s only five-minute walk to many of the sights, to shopping on the Cours de l’Intendance, to busy Place Gambetta or to the chic bars and restaurants behind Place de la Bourse.

This is in my opinion the best choice of accommodation in Bordeaux for a small to medium budget.

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Visit Bordeaux with my ten days in France by train tour

My route in France by train – DAY 6

My route in France by train – DAY 7

  • Visit Bordeaux in the morning (continuation) ;
  • 14h02 – Departure from train station St Jean in Bordeau by TGV train
  • 16h00 – Arrival in Toulouse Matabiau
  • Take a taxi to your hotel
  • Visit Toulouse on the afternoon : book a funny sightseeing tour  (1h) or choose a free itinerary on foot
  • Night in Toulouse

Hotel in Toulouse – Le Grand Balcon

Very well located in the center of Toulouse (100 m from the Capitol), this 4-star hotel is lovely decorated in the 1930s with a mix of tradition and modernity.

Its location allows to visit the historic center walking all around the hotel.

In addition, the shopping streets and the big Galeries Lafayette Mall are also at 5 minutes walk from the Grand Balcon Hotel.

The quiet rooms are comfortable and breakfast is really so good !

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Visit Capitole in Toulouse with my ten days in France itinerary

My route in France by train – DAY 8

  • Day Trip to Carcassonne by bus from Toulouse. In the center of Toulouse, you can take a bus (30 Euros round trip) that will take you to discover the city of Carcassonne, the castle Comtal and the basilica Saint Nazaire. Be carreful : These excursions are only available on Fridays in summer and on Sundays in spring and autumn.

At about 80 km east of Toulouse, the Medieval City is a fortified city unlike any other in Europe, on account of its size and its state of preservation. Its history is marked by 2000 years of conquest and by the imprint of Catharism and the Crusades. The Cité de Carcassonne is one of the most beautiful medieval cities in the world, listed as a Historical Monument and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Cité de Carcassonne with 10 days in france train itinerary

My route in France by train – DAY 9

  • Visit Toulouse in the morning (continuation)
  • 14h28 – Departure from Toulouse-Matabiau in Regional Express Transport train (1 h 47 min) to Gourdon (near Rocamadour)
  • 16h15 – Arrival in Gourdon
  • Taxi Gourdon – Rocamadour (32 minutes)
  • 17h00 – Hotel installation
  • Dinner and night in Rocamadour

Best hotel in Rocamadour – Best Western Beau Site

For your last night, I know a beautiful hotel with a lot of charm and character : Best Western Beau Site

It is ideally situated in the heart of the medieval town and offers free parking.

With a panoramic dining room, the restaurant serves delicious regional gourmet cuisine inspired by the local produce.

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My route in France by train – DAY 10

  • Rocamadour Tour all the day

The medieval city of Rocamadour offers an impressive belvedere on the Alzou canyon. This mythical site has been a place of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages.

Visit Rocamadour in my 10 days in france train itinerary

  • 17h45 – Taxi to Rocamadour station Padirac (10 minutes)
  • 18h13 – Departure from Roc Amadour Padirac with a Transport Express Regional train (40 minutes)
  • Change in Brive-la-Gaillarde (10 min)
  • 19h03 – Departure from Brive-la-Gaillarde (4h23)
  • 23h30 – Arrival in Paris Austerlitz
  • Taxi to Roissy airport or to your airport hotel

Do you prefer a car tour ?  Read my post 10 days in France – My route in France by car.

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  2. Andrea says:

    If you were to add days to this trip….which cities would you focus on? Looking to travel next end of July 2020 with my 12 year old and mom for a girls trip.

    1. Karine says:

      Hi Andrea,

      I don’t know how much time you will have but if you have 2, 3 or 5 days more, it would be interesting to go to Provence. For this you will have take a train from Carcassonne to Avignon. The train from Carcassonne to Avignon takes about 4h40 (departure at 6h45 arriving at 11h22). Then you can follow from Avignon my itinerary : https://blogforfrance.com/10-days-in-south-of-france-by-train/

  3. Sarah says:

    Hello I am planning a trip to France for May 2020, have 20 days to spend, want to use the train. Would like to visit Rocamadour, Sarlat, Carcassonne, and south of France. Open to suggestions as to the best use of our 20 days! would like time to spend in each location and some rest days too

    1. Karine says:

      Oh great to plan a trip of almost 3 weeks to France. Welcome! Welcome! To answer in detail, I’m going to do a full article in the next few weeks about a 20-day train tour. I hope it will inspire you….

      1. Sarah says:

        thank you Karine I am looking forward to your article. I have visited the Dordogne and Lot valley spending 5 days there, and have been to Paris twice, but want to spend plenty of time exploring this beautiful country, with your help of course! Just completed a 3 week rain tour starting in Paris, Bologne, Rome, Sicily (via the ferry train) and Malta, so have the bug

      2. Sarah says:

        Hi Karine

        just wondering how the article is coming along for a 20 day tour of France.


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