29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 1 day
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Nantes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Caen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Deauville City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Etretat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chartres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights

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Bordeaux — 1 day

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 27th (Mon), stop by Port de la Lune, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Louis des Chartrons, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Taillan, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, and finally steep yourself in history at Prieure de Cayac.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux day trip website.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Bergerac-Roumanière Airport and La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport. In September in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nantes.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Nantes — 2 nights

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 28th (Tue), examine the collection at Musee de l'Imprimerie, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, wander the streets of Place Graslin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Nicolas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix. On the next day, snap pictures at Pont de la Vallee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Clisson, then make a trip to Les Halles, then examine the collection at Musee du Vignoble Nantais, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Clement.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Nantes, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Saint-Malo — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Dinan and Abbaye de Lehon. Get some historical perspective at Tour Bidouane and Chateau - Tour du Coetquen. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Villa les Roches Brunes, examine the collection at Musee des Terre- Neuvas, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Bon-Secours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Anglicane Saint Bartholomew.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Malo driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Caen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Caen — 4 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise Saint Etienne and Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye. Get some historical perspective at Eglise du Vieux Saint Sauveur and Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Cementerio Militar Jerusalem De La Commonwealth in Chouain (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Hermanville War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey d’Ardenne, steep yourself in history at Place Saint-Sauveur, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Caen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Deauville City.
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Side Trips
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Deauville City — 4 nights

With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa Strassburger and Les Buissonnets. Eglise Saint Augustin and Eglise Notre-Dame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Ville de Lisieux (Carmel De Lisieux & Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet) and Domaine Dupont (in Victot-Pontfol). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Batteries du Mont Canisy, soak in style at Esprit de Spa by M, sample the fine beverages at Pere Magloire, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Michel.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Deauville City travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Caen to Deauville City in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Deauville City, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Etretat.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Baths · Spas
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Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:

Etretat — 2 nights

Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
On the 10th (Sun), get outside with Cote d'Albatre, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Etienne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Salut, and finally see the interesting displays at Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Le Valaine, then enjoy the sand and surf at Les Plages Etretat, then explore the striking landscape at Porte d’Aval, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Etretat trip builder site.

Drive from Deauville City to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Rouen.
Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Rouen — 4 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Abbaye de Jumieges and Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Historial Jeanne d’Arc and Cote Sainte-Catherine. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Abbey of Bec-Hellouin (in Le Bec-Hellouin), Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille (in Saint-Wandrille-Rancon) and Chateau d'Harcourt (in Harcourt). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Palais de Justice, admire the striking features of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Etretat to Rouen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Rouen, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Chartres.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Chartres — 4 nights

Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Maintenon and L'Apostrophe. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Maison Picassiette and Eglise Sainte-Foy. Take a break from Chartres with a short trip to Chapelle Royale St-Louis in Dreux, about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Aignan, explore the world behind art at Chapelle Saint Eman, see the interesting displays at Le Compa, and steep yourself in history at Musee Des Beaux Arts.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chartres sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Chartres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Chartres are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Paris — 5 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 1st Arrondissement and Musee des Arts Forains. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee du Parfum - Fragonard and Chateau of Vincennes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis) and Chateau de Malmaison (in Rueil-Malmaison). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, get to know the fascinating history of Triumphal Way (Voie Triomphale), and take a stroll through Quartier de l'Opera.

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You can drive from Chartres to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 25:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.7
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
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.