16 days in France Itinerary

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La Rochelle
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
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Rouen
— 1 night
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Versailles
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 nights
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Roanne City
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Bordeaux
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde), then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, then see the interesting displays at Abbaye des Chateliers, and finally make a trip to Citadelle Vauban.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle trip itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to La Rochelle is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to La Rochelle is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect La Rochelle to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint-Malo.
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Saint-Malo — 2 nights

Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, trot along with Dinard Emeraude Equitation, and then don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Malo trip itinerary tool.

Getting from La Rochelle to Saint-Malo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux holiday planner.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen — 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): make a trip to Les Racines du Ciel, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and finally wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Rouen online route planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rouen are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Versailles.
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Versailles — 2 nights

Royal Paradise

Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles and then don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): get a bird's-eye view with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, and then examine the collection at L'Aventure Automobile a Poissy – CAAPY.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Versailles trip planner.

Getting from Rouen to Versailles by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In September in Versailles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paris.
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Paris — 4 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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, wander the streets of Montmartre, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Versailles to Paris takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Roanne City.
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Roanne City — 2 nights

Roanne is a commune in the Loire department in central France.It is located 90km northwest of Lyon on the Loire River. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee Alice Taverne, make a trip to La Tour Saint Maurice, and then contemplate the long history of Le Bourg Medieval de Villerest. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Etienne, then make a trip to Tour Matagrin, and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Tissage et de la Soierie.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Roanne City itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Paris to Roanne City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pont de Pierre, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Roanne City to Bordeaux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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Brittany travel guide

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Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · Specialty Museums
Known for its large number of megaliths, which simply means "big rocks," Brittany is famous for its 2,860 km (1,780 mi) of coastline and for its prehistoric menhirs (standing stones) and dolmens (stone tables)--sites that were used for burials and worship. You can see a large variety of seabirds while sightseeing along the ocean, as the region is home to colonies of cormorants, gulls, razorbills, northern gannets, common murres, and Atlantic puffins. The waters of Brittany attract marine animals, including basking sharks, grey seals, leatherback turtles, dolphins, porpoises, jellyfish, crabs, and lobsters. Brittany is widely known for the Breton horse, a local breed of draft horse, and for the Brittany gun dog. The region also has its own breeds of cattle that you can witness at area farms and open-air museums, some of which are on the brink of extinction: the Bretonne pie noir, the Froment du Léon, the Armoricann, and the Nantaise. The region has plenty of places to visit, namely a huge quantity of medieval buildings, including numerous Romanesque and Gothic churches, castles, and the iconic half-timbered houses visible in many villages, towns, and cities.
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Normandy travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.
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Loire travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos