12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

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12 days in France Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Drive:  3 h 30 min
1
Bordeaux
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
2
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Nantes
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
4
Angers
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
5
Tours
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
6
Blois
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
7
Paris
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
8
Versailles
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
9
Rouen
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
10
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
11
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
12
Saint-Malo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Bilbao

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and then browse for treasures at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux road trip planning tool.

Bilbao, Spain to Bordeaux is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror
La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux ©
La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux

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La Rochelle

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Association Hermione-La Fayette. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Association Hermione-La Fayette, don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, and finally make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Rochelle trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nantes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Association Hermione-La Fayette
Highlights from your plan
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle
Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette

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Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 3rd (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, then admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Nantes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Angers.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Le Miroir d'Eau ©
Le Miroir d'Eau

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Angers

Angers ©
Discover France's rich medieval history in Angers, a medium-sized city well known for its medicinal and culinary gardens dating back to the Renaissance and still open for a visit.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the activities along Lac de Maine, explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Angers, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Maurice.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Angers trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nantes to Angers takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Angers, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Angers

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chateau d'Angers ©
Chateau d'Angers
Lac de Maine ©
Lac de Maine
Cathedrale St-Maurice ©
Cathedrale St-Maurice

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Tours

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tours online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Angers to Tours takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Tours, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Blois.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, Chateau de Villandry
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien ©
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry

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Blois

Blois
Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chambord, then get to know the fascinating history of Escalier Denis Papin, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nicolas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Blois trip site.

Blois is very close to Tours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chambord
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau Royal de Blois
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Eglise Saint-Nicolas ©
Eglise Saint-Nicolas

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Paris

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.
You've added Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Moulin Rouge, Montmartre, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 7th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, then catch an entertaining show at Moulin Rouge, and finally make a trip to Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Paris tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Blois to Paris by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet, make a trip to La Galerie des Batailles, don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, then step into the grandiose world of Palace of Versailles, and finally make a trip to The Water Parterres.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Versailles trip itinerary planner.

Versailles is just a stone's throw from Paris. In September in Versailles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Rouen.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
The Hall of Mirrors ©
The Hall of Mirrors

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Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Vieux, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, then pause for some photo ops at Gros-Horloge, and finally wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner.

You can take a train from Versailles to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Rouen sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Gros-Horloge ©
Gros-Horloge
Rue du Gros-Horloge ©
Rue du Gros-Horloge

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Bayeux

Bayeux
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the history at Omaha Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux day trip website.

Drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bayeux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Omaha Beach
Highlights from your plan
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery
Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel online trip builder.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
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 14th (Mon): kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, and then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Saint-Malo trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo takes an hour. September in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Centre Historique
Highlights from your plan
Plage du Sillon ©
Plage du Sillon
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo ©
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo

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