20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Lusaka
Fly:  21​h
1
Bordeaux
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Nantes
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
3
Orleans
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Paris
— 8 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Lusaka

1
night
Bordeaux

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.
On the 17th (Mon), make a trip to Pont de Pierre, make a trip to Place Parlement, then indulge your taste buds at Chateau de Reignac, then make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pey-Berland Tower. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux route builder .

Lusaka, Zambia to Bordeaux is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Lusaka to Bordeaux, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

#Tours, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Reignac
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Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac

3
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Get out of town with these interesting Nantes side-trips: Logis de la Chabotterie (in Saint-Sulpice-le-Verdon), Le Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses) and Parc Oriental de Maulevrier (in Maulevrier). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, and wander the streets of Place Graslin.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nantes tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Nantes sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Orleans.

Things to do in Nantes

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Logis de la Chabotterie, Parc Oriental de Maulevrier, Le Puy du Fou
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Le Puy du Fou ©
Le Puy du Fou
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

5
nights
Orleans

Orleans ©
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Venture out of the city with trips to Amboise (Chateau d'Amboise & Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci), Chateau de Chenonceau (in Chenonceaux) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). Spend a day of contemplation and exploration on the 24th (Mon) at Chartres Cathedral. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry, have some family-friendly fun at TransVRsalle, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Orleans trip planner.

Getting from Nantes to Orleans by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Nantes, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Orleans, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Orleans

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Amboise, Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Chambord, Chartres Cathedral
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny

8
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and admire the striking features of Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Orleans to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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