19 days in Bruges & France Itinerary

19 days in Bruges & France Itinerary

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19 days in Bruges & France Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
+2
Fly + train + bus:  17​h
1
Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Calais, France
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mont-Saint-Eloi, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Paris, France
— 2 nights
5
Chambord, France
— 1 night
train:  8​h 45​min
6
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Begard, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
La Rochelle, France
— 1 night
9
Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
train:  45​min
10
Saint-Emilion, France
— 1 night
train:  2​h
11
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
train:  1​h
13
Carcassonne Center, France
— Few hours
+2
train + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Durban, South Africa

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, then sample the tasty concoctions at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, and finally don't miss a visit to The Markt.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges online trip itinerary planner .

Durban, South Africa to Bruges is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight, train, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Durban in June: high temperatures in Bruges hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Calais.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
The Markt ©
The Markt
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan ©
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan

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Calais, France

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Cite Europe and then look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Calais trip builder website .

You can drive from Bruges to Calais in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Calais, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Eloi.

Things to do in Calais

Shopping

Side Trip

Cite Europe
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Calais Wine Superstore ©
Calais Wine Superstore
Cite Europe ©
Cite Europe

1
night
Mont-Saint-Eloi, France

Mont-Saint-Eloi
Mont-Saint-Éloi is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.GeographyMont-Saint-Éloi is situated 5mi northwest of Arras, at the junction of the D341 and the D49 roads, on the banks of the river Scarpe.Places of interest The church of St.Joseph, dating from the sixteenth century. Plan a trip to Mont-Saint-Eloi easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Calais to Mont-Saint-Eloi in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.
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Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then make a trip to Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris travel planning tool .

Getting from Mont-Saint-Eloi to Paris by car takes about 2.5 hours. June in Paris sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chambord.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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Chambord, France

Chambord ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beaugency, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint-Louis de Chambord, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Domaine national de Chambord.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chambord travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Chambord by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Chambord can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Chambord

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Chateau de Beaugency
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Beaugency ©
Chateau de Beaugency
Saint-Louis de Chambord ©
Saint-Louis de Chambord

1
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Tour du Nord, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre, examine the collection at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel, then don't miss a visit to La Grande Rue, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel travel website .

You can take a train from Chambord to Mont-Saint-Michel in 9 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Begard.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Museums
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre ©
Eglise Paroissiale Saint-Pierre
Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel ©
Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel

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nights
Begard, France

Begard ©
Bégard is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Begard: Le Tour de la Pointe de Locquirec (in Locquirec), Chateau de Rosanbo (in Plouaret) and Ecomusee de Plouigneau (in Plouigneau). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey of Bon-Repos, stroll through Plage de Brehec, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tonquedec, and admire all the interesting features of Stade du Roudourou.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Begard driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Begard in 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in July: highs in Begard hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Begard

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Plouha, Guingamp, Ecomusee de Plouigneau, Terrarium de Kerdanet, Le Tour de la Pointe de Locquirec
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Le Tour de la Pointe de Locquirec ©
Ecomusee de Plouigneau ©
Ecomusee de Plouigneau
Abbey of Bon-Repos ©
Abbey of Bon-Repos

1
night
La Rochelle, France

La Rochelle ©
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 6th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, then don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, and then meet the residents at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Begard to La Rochelle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Begard, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in La Rochelle, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

1
night
Bordeaux, France

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 7th (Sun), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
Saint-Emilion, France

Saint-Emilion ©
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.
On the 8th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Chateau Laniote, contemplate the long history of Cloitre des Cordeliers, learn about winemaking at Chateau Beaurang, then do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau La Croizille.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Saint-Emilion online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Saint-Emilion, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries Historic Sites
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Chateau Beaurang ©
Chateau Beaurang
Chateau Laniote ©
Chateau Laniote

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night
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

Sarlat-la-Caneda
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip planner .

Drive from Saint-Emilion to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Sarlat-la-Caneda sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Shopping
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Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat
Le Badaud de Sarlat ©
Le Badaud de Sarlat

1
night
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 10th (Wed), engage your brain at Cite de l'espace and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse trip website .

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

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Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne Center takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

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