43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

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Arradon
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Saint-Jean-de-Monts
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Rochefort
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Pauillac
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Bordeaux
— 7 nights
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Sadirac
— 6 nights
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Saint-Emilion
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Niort
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Chinon
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Arradon — 4 nights

Arradon is a commune in the Morbihan department in the Brittany region in northwestern France.PopulationThe inhabitants of Arradon are known as Arradonnais. Quartier Napoleonien and Eglise Saint-Gregoire de Lanrivain will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at La Maison du Cidre and Abbey Bon Repos. Step out of Arradon to go to Ambon and see Eglise de Saint-Cyr et Sainte Julitte, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Arts, Metiers Et Commerces, make a trip to Pointe du Ruaud, head off the coast to Ile de Berder, and stop by Biscuiterie des Venetes.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arradon trip planner.

Roscoff to Arradon is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. April in Arradon sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Jean-de-Monts.
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Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:

Saint-Jean-de-Monts — 5 nights

Saint-Jean-de-Monts is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.GeographyThe town is situated in the west of the département, between Notre-Dame-de-Monts and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. Get some cultural insight at Vendee Miniature and Chateau de Tiffauges. Get some historical perspective at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Château de Talmont. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Jean-de-Monts side-trips: Chateau des Aventuriers (in Avrille), Les Sables-d'Olonne (Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte & Zoo des Sables d'Olonne) and Saint-Nazaire (Sous-Marin l'Espadon & Escal'Atlantic). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Le Grand Defi, view the masterpieces at La Perle des Dieux, kick back and relax at La Plage de Saint-Jean-de-Monts, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Planete Sauvage.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Jean-de-Monts day trip planning site.

Getting from Arradon to Saint-Jean-de-Monts by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Saint-Jean-de-Monts are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rochefort.
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Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:

Rochefort — 2 nights

Rochefort is a commune in southwestern France, a port on the Charente estuary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Corderie Royale, brush up on your military savvy at Musee National de la Marine, and then see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Roche-Courbon, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Saintes, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Oleron, and finally don't miss a visit to Caserne de Brouage.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rochefort road trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Jean-de-Monts to Rochefort in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. May in Rochefort sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pauillac.
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Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Pauillac — 6 nights

Get some historical perspective at Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron and Chateau Les Chaumes. Appreciate the collections at Chateau Lafite and Le Garde Memoire. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pauillac: Château Maucaillou - Musée des arts et métiers de la vigne (in Moulis-en-Medoc), Margaux (Chateau Marquis de Terme, Chateau Lascombes, &more) and Lac d'Hourtin (in Maubuisson).

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pauillac online attractions planner.

You can drive from Rochefort to Pauillac in 2.5 hours. In May in Pauillac, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bordeaux.
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Find places to stay May 7 — 13:

Bordeaux — 7 nights

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.
Place de la Bourse and La Cite du Vin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain and La Vieille Eglise Saint-Vincent Merignac. Go for a jaunt from Bordeaux to Saint-Loubes to see Chateau de Reignac about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Creation Franche, examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce, and stop by La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pauillac to Bordeaux takes 1.5 hours. May in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sadirac.
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Find places to stay May 13 — 20:

Sadirac — 6 nights

Notre Dame des Cyclistes and Abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure will appeal to history buffs. Chateau Malrome and La Maison de la Poterie de Sadirac will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sadirac: Sauternes (Chateau d'Yquem & Chateau Guiraud), Barsac (Chateau de Myrat, Chateau Gravas, &more) and Chateau du Cros (in Loupiac).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sadirac trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Sadirac by car takes about an hour. In May, daytime highs in Sadirac are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saint-Emilion.
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Find places to stay May 20 — 26:

Saint-Emilion — 3 nights

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau Cantenac and Chateau Laniote. Popular historic sites such as Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Perigueux (Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, Vesunna, &more) and Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Artisans Createurs a St Emilion, browse the exhibits of Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue, learn about winemaking at Chateau Beaurang, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint-Emilion road trip app.

Getting from Sadirac to Saint-Emilion by car takes about an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Niort.
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Find places to stay May 26 — 29:

Niort — 2 nights

Niort is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in western France.The population of Niort is 60,486 and more than 137,000 people live in the urban area. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise, then take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Terre Neuve, and then get to know the fascinating history of Embarcadere de l'Abbaye. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Maillezais, walk around Embarcadere Cardinaud - Marais poitevin, and then see the interesting displays at Maison du Marais Poitevin.

Start your trip to Niort by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Saint-Emilion to Niort in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Saint-Emilion in May, you will find days in Niort are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chinon.
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Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Chinon — 3 nights

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Breze and Chateau de Langeais. Chateau de Villandry and Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Chinon with a short trip to Musee des Blindes in Saumur, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, learn about winemaking at Chateau du Petit Thouars, indulge your senses at Loire Winery Tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de Riviere.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chinon trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Niort to Chinon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Saint-Pol-de-Leon.
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Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:

Saint-Pol-de-Leon — 3 nights

Saint-Pol-de-Léon is a commune in the Finistère department in Brittany in north-western France, located on the coast.It is noted for its 13th-century cathedral on the site of the original founded by Saint Paul Aurelian in the 6th century. Cathedrale Saint-Paul-Aurelien and Chapelle Notre-Dame du Kreisker will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Maison Prebendale and Enclos Paroissial de La Martyre. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Pol-de-Leon: Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture (in Landerneau), La Vallee des Saints (in Carnoet) and Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau (in Guimiliau). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Chateau du Taureau, head off the coast to Ile de Batz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enclos paroissial de Lampaul-Guimiliau, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ilot Sainte-Anne.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Pol-de-Leon road trip planner.

Drive from Chinon to Saint-Pol-de-Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Chinon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Saint-Pol-de-Leon, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 3 — 6:

France travel guide

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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.