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    France and Belgium: A Road Trip Through Heritage

    France and Belgium: A Road Trip Through Heritage
    Starts from

    Geneva

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    80

    Duration

    7 days

    Length

    737 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Geneva

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    7 days

    Length

    737 mi

    History and Culture
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    Highlights

    • Discover the beautiful high place of Compiègne Castle.
    • Take a boat tour on the North Venice canals and see picturesque Bruges.
    • Discover all about champagne in Épernay.
    • Delve back into history in Langres, the hometown of Diderot, philosopher and Master of the Enlightenment.
    • Treat yourself to outstanding gastronomic experiences along the road trip.
    This journey is an invitation to explore the unique and unforgettable heritage of France and Belgium. Experience the art of living, both today and in the past, delving back into history in each of the regions you’ll pass through. From the majestic castles of Burgundy and Champagne to major WWI memorial sites and ending in the picturesque medieval cities of northern Belgium, you’ll be immersed in the rich historical heritage of the route. This road trip is also an opportunity to relish amazing food in unique restaurants and wines in beautiful vineyards.
    We recommend you take this route between March and November because it includes many outdoor activities that should be avoided during the coldest months of the year.
    Compare different car rental companies conveniently online via the TCS car rental platform. Whether in Switzerland or abroad, whether on holiday or on business trips. With TCS, you remain mobile and flexible and benefit from the best rental car offers, including many advantages and services.
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    This journey is an invitation to explore the unique and unforgettable heritage of France and Belgium. Experience the art of living, both today and in the past, delving back into history in each of the regions you’ll pass through. From the majestic castles of Burgundy and Champagne to major WWI memorial sites and ending in the picturesque medieval cities of northern Belgium, you’ll be immersed in the rich historical heritage of the route. This road trip is also an opportunity to relish amazing food in unique restaurants and wines in beautiful vineyards.
    We recommend you take this route between March and November because it includes many outdoor activities that should be avoided during the coldest months of the year.
    Compare different car rental companies conveniently online via the TCS car rental platform. Whether in Switzerland or abroad, whether on holiday or on business trips. With TCS, you remain mobile and flexible and benefit from the best rental car offers, including many advantages and services.
    Book Car Rental Now
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    • Discover the beautiful high place of Compiègne Castle.
    • Take a boat tour on the North Venice canals and see picturesque Bruges.
    • Discover all about champagne in Épernay.
    • Delve back into history in Langres, the hometown of Diderot, philosopher and Master of the Enlightenment.
    • Treat yourself to outstanding gastronomic experiences along the road trip.

    Travel itinerary

    A Discovery of Natural Wonders and Historical Heritage
    8 Activities

    Day 1

    116 mi0.3 mi

    A Discovery of Natural Wonders and Historical Heritage

    Today is dedicated to discovering the historical gems, natural beauty, and incredible gastronomy of the Haut-Jura Natural Park and Burgundy in France. The day trip will take you from Geneva in Switzerland, driving through the impressive mountains of the Haut-Jura, up to Mâcon in Burgundy, France. Enjoy the scenic drives offering panoramic views of the region, from Lake Léman up to Mont Blanc.
    Exploring the Diversity of Burgundy, From Mâcon to Dijon
    10 Activities

    Day 2

    112 mi0.8 mi

    Exploring the Diversity of Burgundy, From Mâcon to Dijon

    Today, you’ll explore the Burgundy region. There are many sides to Burgundy: along the water are dense forests, lakes, and hillsides, dotted with pretty towns. Beyond the variety of landscapes, Burgundy offers a unique art of living, with the most prestigious wines, delicious food, and magnificent heritage sites. This route will be the opportunity to immerse yourself in the diversity Burgundy has to offer.
    The Historical Towns of Langres and Troyes
    14 Activities

    Day 3

    136 mi5 mi

    The Historical Towns of Langres and Troyes

    Today, you’ll carry on exploring Burgundy by visiting Langres, one of the most beautiful fortified cities in France and hometown of the famous philosopher Diderot, before heading towards the Champagne-Ardenne region. After this, you’ll have a revitalising stop in the beautiful Natural Park of Forêt d'Orient. You’ll end the day in Troyes.
    A Day Exploring the Heritage in Champagne-Ardenne
    10 Activities

    Day 4

    80 mi2 mi

    A Day Exploring the Heritage in Champagne-Ardenne

    Today, you’ll start by visiting the beautiful town of Troyes. You’ll stroll around the city to discover all about its history and heritage. After that, you’ll be taken on a scenic drive heading towards the open-air museum of Der. Delve back into history while walking around the reproduction of a typical village in Champagne. You’ll end day four of the route by stopping in Châlons-en-Champagne. An amazing culinary experience awaits you!
    The Heart of Champagne: Épernay and Reims
    11 Activities

    Day 5

    41 mi3 mi

    The Heart of Champagne: Épernay and Reims

    Today, you’ll continue to explore the Champagne-Ardenne region. Épernay and Reims are the two capitals. The first is the historical one and the second is the administrative one. Épernay is home to the best-known champagne wine houses. Today, you're going to be immersed in the part of France best known for its extraordinary wine traditions. By the end of the day, the prestigious drink will hold no more secrets for you. You’ll end the day in Reims, which will give you an opportunity to discover the vibrant city and enjoy a bistronomic dinner.
    Delve Back Into French History
    12 Activities

    Day 6

    176 mi2 mi

    Delve Back Into French History

    Today, you’ll discover the northern region of France. Starting with the emblematic Compiègne Castle, a high place of history and power in France. Many kings lived in this residence. The afternoon will be punctuated by a delicious lunch followed by a break in nature, in the Somme valley, before continuing the journey with a visit to Lille. You’ll end the day with a powerful visit to the Citadel of Lille, an important site during WWI. After this, you’ll treat yourself in a unique living place!
    The Picturesque Northern Belgian Medieval Cities
    15 Activities

    Day 7

    75 mi3 mi

    The Picturesque Northern Belgian Medieval Cities

    Today is the last day of the route, but not the least! You’ll cross the border to discover picturesque Belgium. You’ll head towards the northern part of the country and discover two historical cities: Ghent and Bruges. Experience the rich heritage of bathing between canals and the best of Belgian gastronomy. By the time you end the day in Bruges, Belgian brewing tradition will hold no more secrets for you!
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