10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Tours-Val-de-Loire Airport, Drive to Le Mans City
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Le Mans City
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Flotte
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cognac
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Fly to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Ferry to Toronto

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Le Mans City

— 2 nights

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, take an in-depth tour of 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, then let the kids burn off some steam at Le Spot, and finally stop by La Part des Anges. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de la Couture, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de la Visitation, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, explore the ancient world of Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Pre, and finally get outside with Ad'Air.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Le Mans City route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Le Mans City is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Le Mans City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Le Mans City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to La Flotte.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

La Flotte

— 3 nights
La Flotte is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France. Step out of La Flotte to go to Saint Clement des Baleines and see Phare des Baleines, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: get outside with Yootoo, explore the galleries of Abbaye des Chateliers, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Conche des Baleines, and pause for some photo ops at Fort la Pree.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Flotte trip planner.

You can drive from Le Mans City to La Flotte in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in La Flotte can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Cognac.

Things to do in La Flotte

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Cognac

— 2 nights
Cognac is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public de Cognac, don't miss a visit to Arc de Germanicus, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Saintes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at Remy Martin, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at A. de Fussigny, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Cognac, and finally contemplate the long history of Martell Cognac's Visitors Center.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cognac trip planning site.

Traveling by car from La Flotte to Cognac takes 2 hours. September in Cognac sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Cognac

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Bordeaux

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, browse for treasures at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, then make a trip to Place de la Bourse, then get outside with Libr'et'sens, and finally admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Place Parlement, then make a trip to The Water Mirror, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online route planner.

Getting from Cognac to Bordeaux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Ile de Re travel guide

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Lighthouses · Landmarks · Lookouts