17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Oxford
+2
Drive + ferry + Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Bayeux
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Blois
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Epernay
— 1 day
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  5​h
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Albi
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
End: Oxford

5
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Escape the urban bustle at Plage de Trouville and Mont Saint-Michel Bay. Appreciate the collections at Musee de la Batterie de Merville and Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Bayeux: Ranville (Pegasus Bridge & Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)), German Cemetery La Cambe (in La Cambe) and Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant (in Falaise). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Sainte-Mère-Église, get engrossed in the history at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), identify plant and animal life at Dunes d'Hattainville, and see the interesting displays at Musee de Courseulles.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online journey planner .

Oxford, UK to Bayeux is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and ferry. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oxford to Bayeux due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ranville, Notre Dame de Grace, Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach, Le Havre de Portbail, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum)
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Plage de Trouville ©
Plage de Trouville
Musee de la Batterie de Merville ©
Musee de la Batterie de Merville

2
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Sentier de L'ile Renote, head off the coast to Ile-Grande, then explore the striking landscape at Falaises de Tredrez, and finally don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Le chateau De la Roche jagu, kick back and relax at Plage du Palus, then kick back and relax at Plage Bonaparte, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de la Mer.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April in Perros-Guirec, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Plouha, Falaises de Tredrez, Le chateau De la Roche jagu, Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet, Ile-Grande
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Ile-Grande ©
Ile-Grande
Plage Bonaparte ©
Plage Bonaparte
Le chateau De la Roche jagu ©
Le chateau De la Roche jagu

3
nights
Blois

Blois ©
Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Montpoupon and Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais. Chateau de Valencay and La Forteresse de Montbazon will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Blois: Hotel Gouin (in Tours), Chateau de Loches (in Loches) and La Balade des Fromages (in Blere). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Troglo Degusto, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Troussay, and make a trip to Chateau de l'Islette.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Blois vacation builder app .

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Blois in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. April in Blois sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Epernay.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Chateau de Loches, Chateau de Valencay, Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais, La Forteresse de Montbazon, La Balade des Fromages
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chateau Montpoupon ©
chateau Montpoupon
Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais ©
Troglo Degusto ©
Troglo Degusto

1
day
Epernay

Epernay ©
Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): do a tasting at Champagne Voirin Jumel, indulge your taste buds at Champagne Henry de Vaugency, do a tasting at Champagne Jean Milan, then do a tasting at Champagne Leclerc Briant, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Epernay online trip planner .

You can drive from Blois to Epernay in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oger, Champagne Voirin Jumel
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Champagne Voirin Jumel ©
Champagne Voirin Jumel
Champagne Henry de Vaugency ©
Champagne Henry de Vaugency
Champagne Leclerc Briant ©
Champagne Leclerc Briant

2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Les Combarelles, Head underground at Grotte du Grand Roc, stop by Kanovera, then take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reserve Zoologique de Calviac, Head underground at Grottes de Cougnac, then experience rural life at La Gourmande, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique St-Sauveur.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Epernay to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Grottes de Cougnac, Kanovera, Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Grolejac, Reserve Zoologique de Calviac
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Grottes de Cougnac ©
Grottes de Cougnac
Basilique St-Sauveur ©
Basilique St-Sauveur
Grotte du Grand Roc ©
Grotte du Grand Roc

2
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 3rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Palais de la Berbie, see the interesting displays at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Coupiac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Brousse le Chateau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Village Medieval de Lautrec, look for gifts at Maroquinerie Philippe Serres, then do a tasting at Cave de Labastide, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee/Centre d'Art du Vere.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Albi route planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Albi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Albi sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Chateau de Coupiac, Chateau de Brousse le Chateau, Village Medieval de Lautrec, Cave de Labastide, Musee/Centre d'Art du Vere
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Palais de la Berbie ©
Palais de la Berbie
Cave de Labastide ©
Cave de Labastide

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