Day by day: Where Olympic torch will pass in France on way to Paris

Check the route to see when the torch will be arriving near you

The torch will travel through 67 stages on its 79-day journey
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The Olympic torch is currently making an epic journey across France, after arriving from Athens to Marseille on board the historic ship the Belem on May 8. 

Below we list where it will be each day as it makes its way to Paris to arrive for the Olympics Opening Ceremony on July 26. 

The Olympic torch journey at a glance

  • 79: The number of days the journey will last

  • 67: The number of stages in the journey (plus one epilogue)

  • 400: The number of communes through which the torch will pass

  • More than 10,000: The number of people who will transport the torch

  • 200 metres: The average length of each torch relay between people

  • Mathieu Lehanneur: The Olympic torch designer

Read also: PHOTOS: Olympic Flame travels to France on beautiful historic ship 

A view of the Olympic Torch Relay map

The calendar so far

  • May 8-15: Marseille, Toulon, Manosque, Arles, Montpellier, Bastia (Corsica)

  • May 15-19: Perpignan, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Auch, Tarbes

Where does the torch go next?

  • May 23: Bordeaux, Gironde

  • May 24Angoulême,  Charente

  • May 25: Poitiers, Vienne

  • May 27: Châteauroux, Centre-Val de Loire

  • May 28: Angers, Maine-et-Loire

  • May 29: Laval, Mayenne

  • May 30: Caen, Calvados

  • May 31: Mont Saint-Michel, Manche

  • June 1-6: Rennes, Niort, Les Sables d’Olonne, La Baule, Vannes

  • June 7: Brest, Finistère

Overseas sections

The torch is not only staying on mainland France; it is also heading to France’s overseas territories.

  • June 9: Cayenne, French Guiana

  • June 11: Nouméa, New Caledonia

  • June 12: Saint-Denis, La Réunion

  • June 13: Papeete, French Polynesia

  • June 15: Baie-Mahault, Guadeloupe

  • June 17: Fort-de-France, Martinique

Back to the mainland

The torch will then restart its journey in mainland France in the south, travelling up the eastern side of the country before heading north, and then circling around Paris..

  • June 18-21: Nice, Avignon, Valence, Vichy

  • June 22: Saint-Etienne

  • June 23: Chamonix (Olympic Day: Centenary of the Chamonix Winter Olympics)

  • June 25: Besançon

  • June 26-29: Strasbourg, Metz, Saint-Dizier, Verdun

  • June 30: Reims

  • July 2-4: Lille, Lens-Liévin, Amiens

  • July 5-9: Le Havre, Vernon, Chartres, Blois

  • July 10-13: Orléans, Auxerre, Dijon, Troyes

  • July 14-15: Paris

Read also: British man proud to carry Paris Olympics torch in France 

Final approach

  • July 19-22: Ile-de-France (Soisy-sous-Montmorency, Meaux, Créteil, Evry-Courcouronnes)

  • July 23-25: Versailles; La Défense, Nanterre, La Courneuve

  • July 26: Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, the Seine river, Paris

Places of interest along the route

Sites include:

  • Lascaux caves

  • Alésia archaeological site

  • Medieval city of Carcassonne

  • Palace of Versailles

  • Mont Saint-Michel 

  • The chateaux of the Loire Valley

  • The Verdun Memorial 

  • The D-Day Landing beaches

  • Mont Canigou

  • Ile aux Moines island

  • Mont-Blanc valley

  • Pic du Midi de Bigorre

  • Saint-Emilion vineyards

  • Millau viaduct

  • Guiana Space Centre

  • Futuroscope science centre

  • Mont Ventoux

  • Marseille stadium

  • Simonne-Matheiu tennis court, Roland-Garros 

  • Olympic Aquatics Centre in Saint-Denis

You can see the full detailed list of dates by stage and department, with an interactive map, on the official website