15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France route planner

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Bordeaux
— 1 night
Drive
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Bergerac City
— 1 night
Drive
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Perigueux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
— 1 night
Drive
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Cordes-sur-Ciel
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
Drive
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Agen
— 1 night
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Bordeaux

— 1 night

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 29th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux day trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Bordeaux is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Bordeaux is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in May: high temperatures in Bordeaux hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bergerac City.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Bergerac City

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): learn the secrets of beer at Cave Larégnère, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Felicien d'Issigeac, then don't miss a visit to Ecluses de Tuilieres, and finally don't miss a visit to Abbaye Notre Dame de Bonne Esperance. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Château de Montréal, do a tasting at Chateau Terre Vieille, and then have fun at Giga Parc.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bergerac City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Bergerac City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Perigueux.

Things to do in Bergerac City

Historic Sites · Wineries · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Perigueux

— 2 nights
Périgueux is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.Périgueux is the prefecture of the départment. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chancelade Abbey, and finally examine the collection at Musee Militaire du Perigord. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Astier and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de l'Herm.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Perigueux online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bergerac City to Perigueux takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Perigueux

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eglise Saint Pierre and Le Chateau de Fenelon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grotte du Grand Roc and Remparts du Chateau. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (Chemin de Halage & Les Croisieres de Saint Cirq Lapopie), Chateau of Castelnau-Bretenoux (in Prudhomat) and Basilique St-Sauveur (in Rocamadour).

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online itinerary maker.

Drive from Perigueux to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

— 1 night
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ecomusee de Cuzals.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saint-Cirq-Lapopie tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cordes-sur-Ciel.

Things to do in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cordes-sur-Ciel

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Musee Historama and then examine the collection at inVINcible VIGNEron.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cordes-sur-Ciel road trip planning app.

You can drive from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to Cordes-sur-Ciel in 1.5 hours. June in Cordes-sur-Ciel sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Cordes-sur-Ciel

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 3 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carcassonne Cathedral and Musee Berenger Sauniere. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa and La Bastide Saint Louis. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne Center side-trips: Village Medieval de Castelnou (in Castelnou), Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina (in Lagrasse) and Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Rennes-le-Chateau).

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cordes-sur-Ciel to Carcassonne Center takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Carcassonne Center are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Agen.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Agen

— 1 night
The commune of Agen is the prefecture of the Lot-et-Garonne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Agen and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame de Moirax.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Agen trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Agen takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Agen

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.

Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.