12 days in France & Koksijde Itinerary

12 days in France & Koksijde Itinerary

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Koksijde, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
— 1 night
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Saint-Malo, France
— 2 nights
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Caen, France
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Koksijde, Belgium

— 2 nights
Koksijde is a town and a municipality in Belgium. Attractions like MuseOs and Plopsaqua De Panne make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Koksijde side-trips: Beach De Haan (in De Haan) and In Flanders Fields Museum (in Ieper (Ypres)).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Koksijde attractions planner.

Antwerp to Koksijde is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Traveling from Antwerp in July, you will find days in Koksijde are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Koksijde

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

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Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

— 1 night
Plan my day in Boulogne-sur-Mer using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Koksijde to Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Saint-Malo, France

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): head off the coast to Le Grand Be and then steep yourself in history at Fort National. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Bon-Secours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo road trip site.

Traveling by car from Boulogne-sur-Mer to Saint-Malo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In July in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for Caen.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

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Caen, France

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer), Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel) and Normandy American Cemetery (in Colleville-sur-Mer).

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Caen trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Saint-Malo to Caen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Caen sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.