16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle
— 1 night
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Bonnieux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 6 nights
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Bordeaux

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and learn about winemaking at Chateau Paloumey.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip maker app.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Bordeaux is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Guatemala City to Bordeaux, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

La Rochelle

— 1 night

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the activities along Vieux Port, then make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, and finally make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle online attractions planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to La Rochelle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Bordeaux in August, plan for a bit cooler days in La Rochelle, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Bonnieux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:

Bonnieux

— 3 nights
Bonnieux is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bonnieux: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Plage du Cavaou (in Fos-Sur-Mer) and Abbaye de Silvacane (in La Roque-d'Antheron). There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin, get outside with Foret de Cedres, and learn something new at Sous Les Toiles de Provence.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bonnieux online vacation planner.

Drive from La Rochelle to Bonnieux in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from La Rochelle, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bonnieux, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Bonnieux

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Paris

— 6 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Bonnieux to Paris in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bonnieux in August, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 29°C and 16°C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:

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.