17 days in France & Bruges Itinerary

17 days in France & Bruges Itinerary

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17 days in France & Bruges Itinerary

Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly + train:  12​h 15​min
1
Bruges, Belgium
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Caen, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Saumur, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Dinan, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Roscoff, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Locronan, France
— 1 night
7
Rochefort en Terre, France
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rozenhoedkaai and Walking tours. Venture out of the city with trips to St Michael's Bridge (in Ghent), Zonnebeke (Tyne Cot Cemetery & Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917) and Ieper (Ypres) (Saint George's Memorial Church, Ramparts Cemetery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery, take in panoramic vistas at Historium Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Stadhuis, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Langemark Cemetery.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bruges day trip planning site .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Bruges is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In July, Bruges is colder than Jeddah - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Bruges

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Ieper (Ypres), Ostend, Zonnebeke, Langemark Cemetery, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
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Atlantic Wall Museum ©
Atlantic Wall Museum
Tyne Cot Cemetery ©
Tyne Cot Cemetery
Torture Museum Oude Steen ©
Torture Museum Oude Steen

3
nights
Caen, France

Caen ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Colline aux Oiseaux and Pegasus Bridge. Get out of town with these interesting Caen side-trips: Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach (in Colleville-sur-Mer), Remains Mulberry Harbour (in Arromanches-les-Bains) and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Caen trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Caen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Caen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saumur.

Things to do in Caen

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ranville, Remains Mulberry Harbour, D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, Musee de la Batterie de Merville
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La Colline aux Oiseaux ©
La Colline aux Oiseaux
Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) ©
Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer ©

2
nights
Saumur, France

Saumur ©
Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Château de l'Islette, then appreciate the history behind Place Jeanne d'Arc, then get engrossed in the history at Musee des Blindes, and finally have fun and explore at Le Cadre Noir. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Ackerman, examine the collection at Pierre et Lumiere, and then examine the collection at Maurice Dufresne Museum.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Saumur holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Caen to Saumur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Caen in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saumur, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Dinan.

Things to do in Saumur

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Azay-le-Rideau, Place Jeanne d'Arc
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Musee des Blindes ©
Musee des Blindes
Le Cadre Noir ©
Le Cadre Noir
Pierre et Lumiere ©
Pierre et Lumiere

2
nights
Dinan, France

Dinan ©
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.GeographyIts geographical setting is exceptional. On the 15th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade du Clair de Lune, get to know the fascinating history of Cap Fréhel, then appreciate the history behind Fort La Latte, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de la Hunaudaye, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): admire the striking features of Basilique St-Sauveur, then take in panoramic vistas at Les Remparts de Dinan, and then head outdoors with Avel Char.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dinan journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Saumur to Dinan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saumur in July: highs in Dinan hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Roscoff.

Things to do in Dinan

Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort La Latte, Promenade du Clair de Lune, Avel Char, Cap Fréhel
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Fort La Latte ©
Fort La Latte
Basilique St-Sauveur ©
Basilique St-Sauveur
Avel Char ©
Avel Char

1
night
Roscoff, France

Roscoff ©
Roscoff is a commune in the Finistère département of Brittany in northwestern France.Roscoff is renowned for its picturesque architecture, labeled "petite cité de caractère de Bretagne" (small town of character) since 2009. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): make a trip to Chateau du Taureau, then step off the mainland to explore Ile de Batz, and then don't miss a visit to Notre Dame de Croaz Batz.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Roscoff online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Dinan to Roscoff takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Locronan.

Things to do in Roscoff

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chateau du Taureau
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Ile de Batz ©
Ile de Batz
Chateau du Taureau ©
Chateau du Taureau
Notre Dame de Croaz Batz ©
Notre Dame de Croaz Batz

1
night
Locronan, France

Locronan ©
Locronan is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France, with a population of 800.Locronan is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association.ToponymyThe village's name means the "hermitage of Ronan", from the Breton lok which means hermitage, and after the eponymous founder Saint Ronan. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Quimper, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Corentin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Ronan, and finally don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Locronan.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Locronan driving holiday planner.

Getting from Roscoff to Locronan by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rochefort en Terre.

Things to do in Locronan

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Quimper
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Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Quimper ©
Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Quimper
Cathedrale Saint-Corentin ©
Cathedrale Saint-Corentin

1
night
Rochefort en Terre, France

Rochefort en Terre ©
Rochefort-en-Terre is a commune in the Morbihan department of Brittany in north-western France.Rochefort-en-Terre is a designated “Petite Cité de Caractére”.The medieval chateau located in the town was the home of American painter Alfred Klots. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier et Botanique de Branfere, stop by Famille Humeau - Pain d'Epicier, and then contemplate the long history of Rochefort-en-terre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rochefort en Terre vacation planning tool .

Traveling by car from Locronan to Rochefort en Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rochefort en Terre are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rochefort en Terre

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parc Animalier et Botanique de Branfere
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Rochefort-en-terre ©
Rochefort-en-terre
Parc Animalier et Botanique de Branfere ©

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