29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 1 day
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Nantes
— 2 nights
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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
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Paris
— 5 nights

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Bordeaux

— 1 day

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 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.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Nantes

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 28th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Imprimerie, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, take a stroll through Place Graslin, then tour along fresh powder with Basilique Saint Nicolas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing 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.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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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 Villa les Roches Brunes. Get some historical perspective at Chateau - Tour du Coetquen and Eglise Anglicane Saint Bartholomew. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Plage de Bon-Secours, steep yourself in history at Tour Bidouane, examine the collection at Le monde du coquillage, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Lehon.

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.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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Caen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

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 Cementerio Militar Jerusalem De La Commonwealth and Eglise Saint Etienne. Get some historical perspective at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye and Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Hermanville War Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Vieux Saint Sauveur, steep yourself in history at Place Saint-Sauveur, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey d’Ardenne.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Caen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Caen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Caen sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Deauville City.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites

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 Carmel De Lisieux and Les Buissonnets. Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet and Batteries du Mont Canisy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Notre-Dame (in Vimoutiers) and Domaine Dupont (in Victot-Pontfol). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Villa Strassburger, learn about winemaking at Calvados Boulard, sample the fine beverages at Pere Magloire, and slough off your stress at Esprit de Spa by M.

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.

Things to do in Deauville City

Historic Sites · Wineries · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

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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 Ferme 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.

Things to do in Etretat

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Rouen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Abbaye de Jumieges and St. Maclou's Church will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Chateau de La Roche-Guyon and Cote Sainte-Catherine. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille (in Saint-Wandrille-Rancon), Chateau d'Harcourt (in Harcourt) and Abbey of Bec-Hellouin (in Le Bec-Hellouin). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Palais de Justice, get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, explore the galleries of Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, and make a trip to Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rouen tour builder.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Chartres.

Things to do in Rouen

Side Trips

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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 Chapelle Royale St-Louis. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Maison Picassiette and Chartres Historic Preservation Area. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Aignan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Foy, make a trip to église St Pierre, and admire the striking features of L'Apostrophe.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chartres vacation tool.

Drive from Rouen to Chartres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Paris

— 5 nights

City of Light

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 Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis and Chateau of Vincennes. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Église Saint-Eustache and Chateau de Malmaison. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Triumphal Way (Voie Triomphale), get curious at Musee des Arts et Metiers, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, and examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Paris holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Chartres to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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France travel guide

4.3
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

4.6
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.