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Bordeaux — 2 nights

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.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Croix, look for all kinds of wild species at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), then admire the landmark architecture of Cite Fruges-Le Corbusier, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Catholique Du Sacre Coeur. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Port de la Lune, admire the masterpieces at Chateau Les Chaumes, and then take a peaceful walk through Ecosite du Bourgailh.

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Richmond, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Richmond to Bordeaux, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bordeaux when traveling from Richmond in March, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Visit Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery and Carmel De Lisieux for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Baron Gerard and Villa du Temps retrouve. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, witness the site of a historic battle at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours, stop by Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche, and don't miss a visit to Reporters Memorial.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux online trip builder.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Bayeux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bordeaux in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bayeux: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Azay-le-Rideau.
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Azay-le-Rideau — 2 nights

As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, then take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes Petrifiantes, and finally do a tasting at Chateau de l'Aulee.

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Drive from Bayeux to Azay-le-Rideau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Azay-le-Rideau are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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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.