43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

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Arradon
— 4 nights
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Saint-Jean-de-Monts
— 5 nights
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Rochefort
— 2 nights
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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
— 3 nights
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La Roche-Posay
— 2 nights
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Chinon
— 3 nights
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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. Quartier Napoleonien and Eglise de Saint-Cyr et Sainte Julitte will appeal to history buffs. La Maison du Cidre and Cromelech de Kergonan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arradon: Eglise Saint-Gregoire de Lanrivain (in Lanrivain) and Abbey Bon Repos (in Saint-Gelven). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Arts, Metiers Et Commerces, make a trip to Pointe du Ruaud, get outside with Marais de Lasne, and take in the waterfront activity at Pointe d'Arradon.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Arradon trip planner.

Roscoff to Arradon is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. In April, daily temperatures in Arradon can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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 Vendee Miniature and Escal'Atlantic. Get some historical perspective at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Chateau de Tiffauges. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Jean-de-Monts side-trips: Chateau des Aventuriers (in Avrille), Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte (in Les Sables-d'Olonne) and Château de Talmont (in Talmont Saint Hilaire). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Le Grand Defi, walk around Explora Parc, view the masterpieces at La Perle des Dieux, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Planete Sauvage.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Jean-de-Monts day trip planning site.

Getting from Arradon to Saint-Jean-de-Monts by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Saint-Jean-de-Monts are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rochefort.
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Rochefort — 2 nights

Rochefort is a commune in southwestern France, a port on the Charente estuary. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Corderie Royale, brush up on your military savvy at Musee National de la Marine, and then see the interesting displays at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de La Roche-Courbon, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Saintes, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Oleron, and finally don't miss a visit to Caserne de Brouage.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rochefort road trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Jean-de-Monts to Rochefort in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. May in Rochefort sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pauillac.
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Pauillac — 6 nights

Get some historical perspective at Chateau Les Chaumes and Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron. Appreciate the collections at Chateau Lafite and Château Maucaillou - Musée des arts et métiers de la vigne. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pauillac: Margaux (Chateau Marquis de Terme, Chateau Lascombes, &more), Chateau Castera (in Saint-Germain-d'Esteuil) and Lac d'Hourtin (in Maubuisson).

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pauillac online trip builder.

Drive from Rochefort to Pauillac in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) 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.
Place de la Bourse and St. Andre Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain and La Cite du Vin. Go for a jaunt from Bordeaux to Saint-Loubes to see Chateau de Reignac about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Creation Franche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin et du Negoce.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bordeaux trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Pauillac to Bordeaux takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for Sadirac.
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Sadirac — 6 nights

Notre Dame des Cyclistes and Chateau de Portets will appeal to history buffs. La Maison de la Poterie de Sadirac and Chateau Malrome will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sadirac: Sauternes (Chateau d'Yquem & Chateau Guiraud), Barsac (Chateau de Myrat, Chateau Gravas, &more) and Chateau du Cros (in Loupiac).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sadirac online tour planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Sadirac in an hour. Another option is to drive. May in Sadirac sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau Cantenac and Artisans Createurs a St Emilion. Popular historic sites such as Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac) and Perigueux (Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, Vesunna, &more). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Chateau Laniote, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue.

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Traveling by car from Sadirac to Saint-Emilion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Roche-Posay.
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La Roche-Posay — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Spa Source, then don't miss a visit to Maison du Centaure, then examine the collection at Musee Lansyer, and finally explore the historical opulence of Le Donjon de La Cite Royale de Loches. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee de la Prehistoire, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Ours de Loches, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Loches.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Roche-Posay vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Emilion to La Roche-Posay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in La Roche-Posay can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Tue) before leaving for 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Breze and Chateau de Villandry. Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau and Forteresse royale de Chinon will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chinon: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Musee des Blindes (in Saumur). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee Rabelais, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre Dame de Riviere, admire the landmark architecture of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, and do a tasting at Chateau du Petit Thouars.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Chinon itinerary planning app.

You can drive from La Roche-Posay to Chinon in 1.5 hours. May in Chinon sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough 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. Cathedrale Saint-Paul-Aurelien and Chapelle Notre-Dame du Kreisker will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Maison Prebendale and Enclos Paroissial de La Martyre. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Pol-de-Leon: La Vallee des Saints (in Carnoet), Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau (in Guimiliau) and Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture (in Landerneau). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Chateau du Taureau, kick back and relax at Ilot Sainte-Anne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enclos paroissial de Lampaul-Guimiliau, and delve into the distant past at Cairn of Barnenez.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Pol-de-Leon road trip planner.

Drive from Chinon to Saint-Pol-de-Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Chinon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Saint-Pol-de-Leon, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can 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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Vienne travel guide

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Theme Parks · Zoos · Churches