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
— 6 nights
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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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Saint-Pol-de-Leon
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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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Quartier Napoleonien and Cromelech de Kergonan. Get some cultural insight at La Maison du Cidre and Musee des Arts, Metiers Et Commerces. Get out of town with these interesting Arradon side-trips: Eglise de Saint-Cyr et Sainte Julitte (in Ambon), Eglise Saint-Gregoire de Lanrivain (in Lanrivain) and Abbey Bon Repos (in Saint-Gelven). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront activity at Pointe d'Arradon, don't miss a visit to Pointe du Ruaud, get outside with Marais de Lasne, and take a memorable tour with Ecole De Voile Croisiere Multicoque Aventures.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arradon road trip app.

Roscoff to Arradon is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. May in Arradon sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Jean-de-Monts.
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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 Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste and La Perle des Dieux. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Château de Talmont and Chateau de Tiffauges. Venture out of the city with trips to Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte (in Les Sables-d'Olonne), Saint-Nazaire (Sous-Marin l'Espadon & Escal'Atlantic) and Chateau des Aventuriers (in Avrille). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Vendee Miniature, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Planete Sauvage, get in on the family fun at Le Grand Defi, and stroll around Explora Parc.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Jean-de-Monts trip planning tool.

Getting from Arradon to Saint-Jean-de-Monts by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June in Saint-Jean-de-Monts, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Rochefort.
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Rochefort — 2 nights

Rochefort is a commune in southwestern France, a port on the Charente estuary. On the 8th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Corderie Royale, then get engrossed in the history at Musee National de la Marine, and then see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Roche-Courbon, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Saintes, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Oleron, and finally make a trip to Caserne de Brouage.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rochefort trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Jean-de-Monts to Rochefort by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June in Rochefort, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pauillac.
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Pauillac — 6 nights

Popular historic sites such as Chateau Lafite and Chateau Castera are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau Les Chaumes and Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron. Venture out of the city with trips to 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).

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pauillac online travel planner.

You can drive from Rochefort to Pauillac in 2.5 hours. June in Pauillac sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 7 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.
Visit Place de la Bourse and Synagogue for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at La Cite du Vin and Musee d'Aquitaine. Go for a jaunt from Bordeaux to Saint-Loubes to see Chateau de Reignac about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, browse for treasures at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Beauval.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planner.

You can drive from Pauillac to Bordeaux in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Sadirac.
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Sadirac — 6 nights

Let the collections at La Maison de la Poterie de Sadirac and Notre Dame des Cyclistes capture your imagination. Chateau de Portets and Abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sadirac: Chateau du Cros (in Loupiac), Chateau Malrome (in Saint-Andre-Du-Bois) and Barsac (Chateau de Myrat, Chateau Gravas, &more).

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sadirac online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Sadirac takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Sadirac, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Emilion.
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Saint-Emilion — 3 nights

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Monbazillac and Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion. Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord and Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Emilion: Perigueux (Vesunna & Cathedrale St-Front). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret, take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Createurs a St Emilion, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Emilion planner.

You can drive from Sadirac to Saint-Emilion in an hour. Another option is to drive. In June in Saint-Emilion, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Niort.
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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. On the 2nd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise, then get engrossed in the history at Chateau de Terre Neuve, and then get to know the fascinating history of Embarcadere de l'Abbaye. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Maillezais, walk around Embarcadere Cardinaud - Marais poitevin, and then examine the collection at Maison du Marais Poitevin.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Niort day trip tool.

You can drive from Saint-Emilion to Niort in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Saint-Emilion in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Niort: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Chinon.
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Chinon — 3 nights

On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon offers access to a rich wine area in the Loire Valley.
Let the collections at Musee Rabelais and Musee des Blindes capture your imagination. Visit Chateau de Villandry and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Chateau de Breze (in Breze). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, indulge your taste buds at Loire Winery Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de Riviere, and do a tasting at Chateau du Petit Thouars.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chinon online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Niort to Chinon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Pol-de-Leon.
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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. Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Saint-Paul-Aurelien and Enclos Paroissial de La Martyre are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Chapelle Notre-Dame du Kreisker and Chapelle Saint-Pierre. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Pol-de-Leon: Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture (in Landerneau), Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau (in Guimiliau) and La Vallee des Saints (in Carnoet). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Maison Prebendale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Enclos paroissial de Lampaul-Guimiliau, step off the mainland to explore Ile de Batz, and kick back and relax at Ilot Sainte-Anne.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Saint-Pol-de-Leon trip planner.

You can drive from Chinon to Saint-Pol-de-Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Chinon in July, plan for slightly colder days in Saint-Pol-de-Leon, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive back 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.
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