23 days in France & Bruges Itinerary

23 days in France & Bruges Itinerary

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23 days in France & Bruges Itinerary

New York City, United States
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Giverny, France
— 1 night
+3
train + subway + train + bus:  5​h 15​min
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 3 nights
+4
bus + train + Fly + shuttle + train:  6​h
Arles, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Cordes-sur-Ciel, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Amboise, France
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
train + Fly + bus:  17​h 15​min
New York City, United States

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Giverny, France

Giverny ©
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
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New York City, USA to Giverny is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Giverny due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect Giverny to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 55°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet

2
days
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of La Pointe du Grouin and then admire the landmark architecture of Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Centre Historique, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Fougeres, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Brittany American Cemetery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint-Aubert.

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You can do a combination of train and bus from Giverny to Mont-Saint-Michel in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arles.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Brittany American Cemetery, Chateau de Fougeres, Centre Historique, Pointe du Grouin
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel
Chateau de Fougeres ©
Chateau de Fougeres

2
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Arles, France

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) and then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Arenes de Nimes, then steep yourself in history at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, then admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Saintes Maries de la Mer.

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Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Arles by combination of bus, train, and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Arles: highs are around 85°F and lows about 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aigues-Mortes, Arenes de Nimes, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Roman Theatre of Orange, Chateau des Baux de Provence
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Arenes de Nimes ©
Arenes de Nimes
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

2
days
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, and then get to know the fascinating history of Carcassonne Medieval City. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, then step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally step into the grandiose world of Château Comtal.

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Getting from Arles to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cordes-sur-Ciel.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Belvédère des Chateaux de Lastours
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Basilica of Saint-Nazaire ©
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
days
Cordes-sur-Ciel, France

Cordes-sur-Ciel ©
On the 28th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Ste-Cecile, and then get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Musee Charles Portal - Histoire et Architecture and then explore the historical opulence of Forteresse de Najac.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Cordes-sur-Ciel in 2 hours. August in Cordes-sur-Ciel sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Cordes-sur-Ciel

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Albi, Forteresse de Najac
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Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi ©
Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

3
days
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

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.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Beynac and Cite Religieuse. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de Castelnaud and Vieux Sarlat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Eglise Saint-Pierre (in Carennac), Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and The Maison Forte de Reignac (in Tursac). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos and stop by La Maison du Foie Gras.

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Traveling by car from Cordes-sur-Ciel to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Sarlat-la-Caneda can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Beynac, La Maison du Foie Gras, Gouffre de Padirac, Eglise Saint-Pierre
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Cite Religieuse ©
Cite Religieuse
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac

3
days
Amboise, France

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau d'Amboise. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau Royal de Blois and Chateau de Troussay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Chateau de Montpoupon (in Cere La Ronde), Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire (in Chaumont-sur-Loire) and Château de Villandry (in Villandry). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau.

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Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Amboise takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Amboise: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cheverny, Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chateau Royal de Blois, Chateau de Montpoupon, Château de Villandry
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Chateau d'Amboise ©
Chateau d'Amboise
Château de Villandry ©
Château de Villandry
Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny

3
days
Paris, France

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bénédictines du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre and Musée d'Orsay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Arc de Triomphe and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Chateau de Fontainebleau in Fontainebleau, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum and pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle.

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Take a train from Amboise to Paris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Paris sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bruges.

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Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Musée d'Orsay ©
Musée d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

2
days
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, stop by Carpentier-Goegebeuer, then admire the striking features of Belfry of Bruges, then make a trip to Burg Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Beguinage (Begijnhof), steep yourself in history at Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, then admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake.

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You can drive from Paris to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Paris in September, you will find days in Bruges are little chillier (65°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeninge Museum ©
Groeninge Museum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

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