17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Start: Bologna
Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
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Rennes
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Vitre
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Caen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Fecamp
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
6
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Boulogne-sur-Mer
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
8
Calais
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
9
Dunkirk
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Arras
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
11
Amiens
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
12
Beauvais
— 1 night
End: Beauvais

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Rennes

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Le Bois Orcan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Toussaints, and then steep yourself in history at Couvent des Jacobins.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Rennes trip itinerary planner.

Bologna, Italy to Rennes is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Bologna in August, things will get a bit cooler in Rennes: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Vitre.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Le Bois Orcan
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Le Bois Orcan ©
Le Bois Orcan
Eglise Toussaints ©
Eglise Toussaints
Couvent des Jacobins ©
Couvent des Jacobins

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Vitre

Vitre ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Parc, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique du Vitre, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin de Vitre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Notre Dame, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vitre.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Vitre vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rennes to Vitre takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Vitre

Historic Sites Parks
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Chateau de Vitre ©
Chateau de Vitre
Eglise de Notre Dame ©
Eglise de Notre Dame
Eglise Saint-Martin de Vitre ©
Eglise Saint-Martin de Vitre

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Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, stop by Epices Roellinger, steep yourself in history at Villa les Roches Brunes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Lehon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique St-Sauveur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Bon-Secours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint-Malo Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at GR 34, then have fun and explore at Etoile du Roy, then step off the mainland to explore Le Grand Be, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort National.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Saint-Malo trip itinerary app.

Drive from Vitre to Saint-Malo in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dinan, Abbaye de Lehon, Menhir du Champ Dolent, Villa les Roches Brunes
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Saint-Malo Cathedral ©
Saint-Malo Cathedral
Basilique St-Sauveur ©
Basilique St-Sauveur
Fort National ©
Fort National

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Caen

Caen
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
On the 18th (Tue), take an unorthodox tour of La GlaciereSouterraine, make a trip to Maisons a Pans de Bois, make a trip to Hotel D'Escoville, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre, then take an in-depth tour of Musée de Normandie, and finally don't miss a visit to Abbaye aux Hommes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Chateau de Caen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Etienne, view the masterpieces at Frac Basse Normandie, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Vieux Saint Sauveur, then make a trip to Place Saint-Sauveur, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Martin.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Caen road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Caen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Caen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Fecamp.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Abbaye aux Hommes
Abbaye aux Hommes
Musée de Normandie ©
Musée de Normandie
Chateau de Caen ©
Chateau de Caen

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Fecamp

Fecamp ©
Fécamp is situated in the valley of the river Valmont in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut, examine the collection at CHOCOLATS HAUTOT - Musee decouverte, then steep yourself in history at Palais Benedictine, then examine the collection at Musee des Terre-Neuvas et de la Peche, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Etienne.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fecamp travel planning app.

You can drive from Caen to Fecamp in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Fecamp are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Fecamp

Historic Sites Museums
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Palais Benedictine ©
Palais Benedictine
Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut ©
Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut
CHOCOLATS HAUTOT - Musee decouverte ©
CHOCOLATS HAUTOT - Musee decouverte

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge, don't miss a visit to Parlement de Normandie, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee national de l'Education. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, see the interesting displays at Ceramics Museum (Musee de la Ceramique), admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice, then examine the collection at Musee des Antiquites, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Secq des Tournelles.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen travel route site.

You can drive from Fecamp to Rouen in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Rouen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

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Boulogne-sur-Mer

Boulogne-sur-Mer ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Ephemere, get engrossed in the history at Crypte de la Basilique Notre-Dame, then take in panoramic vistas at Beffroi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Boulogne-sur-Mer trip maker.

Getting from Rouen to Boulogne-sur-Mer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Boulogne-sur-Mer can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Calais.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Crypte de la Basilique Notre-Dame ©
Crypte de la Basilique Notre-Dame
Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Boulogne-sur-Mer

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Calais

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Les Baraques Military Cemetery, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Calais, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame, and finally see the interesting displays at Musée de la Guerre de Calais.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Calais trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Calais takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Calais sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Dunkirk.

Things to do in Calais

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Les Baraques Military Cemetery
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Eglise Notre-Dame ©
Eglise Notre-Dame
Les Baraques Military Cemetery ©
Les Baraques Military Cemetery
Phare de Calais ©
Phare de Calais

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk ©
Dunkirk is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): have fun and explore at Musee Portuaire, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Éloi Church, then learn about all things military at Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Malo-les-Bains.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dunkirk online day trip planner.

Dunkirk is just a short distance from Calais. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arras.

Things to do in Dunkirk

Museums Childrens Museums Beaches
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Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo ©
Musee Dunkerque 1940 - Operation Dynamo
Musee Portuaire ©
Musee Portuaire
Saint-Éloi Church ©
Saint-Éloi Church

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Arras

Arras ©
Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Citadelle d'Arras, then stroll the grounds of Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Carriere Wellington, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Zivy Crater, then stroll the grounds of Lichfield Crater, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Agny Military Cemetary, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Arras trip planner.

You can drive from Dunkirk to Arras in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daytime highs in Arras are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a train to Amiens.

Things to do in Arras

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sheffield Memorial Park and Railway Hollow Cemetery
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Carriere Wellington ©
Carriere Wellington
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery ©
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery
Citadelle d'Arras ©
Citadelle d'Arras

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Amiens

Amiens ©
Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
On the 28th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, and then appreciate the history behind Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Amiens trip maker app.

Getting from Arras to Amiens by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Amiens can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Beauvais.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks Historic Sites
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Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens ©
Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise ©
Horloge Dewailly et Marie-sans-chemise

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Beauvais

Beauvais ©
Beauvais archaic English: Beawayes, Beeway, Boway, is a city and commune in northern France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at Le Quadrilatere and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Etienne.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Beauvais trip planner.

Getting from Amiens to Beauvais by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Beauvais can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beauvais

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Train a Vapeur du Beauvaisis
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Cathedrale Saint-Pierre ©
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre
Eglise Saint Etienne ©
Eglise Saint Etienne
MUDO - Musee de l'Oise ©
MUDO - Musee de l'Oise

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