16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Train
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Paris
— 1 night
Train
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Angers
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nantes
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Biarritz
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 1 night

City of Light

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip site.

Brussels, Belgium to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. Traveling from Brussels in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Angers.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

Angers

— 4 nights

City of Flowers

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Terra Botanica and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Angers: Doue-la-Fontaine (Le Mystere des Faluns - Les Perrieres & Troglodytes & Sarcophages), Parc de l'Etang (in Brissac-Quince) and Loire Odyssee - Bateau Loire de Lumiere (in Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers, get to know the fascinating history of Place du Ralliement, admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Mail, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Le Jardin des Kangourous.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Angers trip builder website.

Take a train from Paris to Angers in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Angers

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Nantes

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, see the interesting displays at Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes, stop by Place Graslin, then admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, stroll around Parc de la Beaujoire, then let the kids burn off some steam at Parc du Grand Blottereau, and finally stroll around Parc de Proce.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Nantes sightseeing site.

Getting from Angers to Nantes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. July in Nantes sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle and Le Parc Myocastors. Get out of town with these interesting La Rochelle side-trips: Pole-Nature du Marais aux Oiseaux (in Dolus-d'Oleron) and Le Port des Salines (in Le Grand-Village-Plage). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, don't miss a visit to La Grande Roue, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle, and get to know the fascinating history of Rue Sur-les-Murs.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Nantes to La Rochelle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), walk around Parc de Majolan, then shop like a local with Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public. On the next day, ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and finally make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Biarritz

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Explore hidden gems such as Rocher de la Vierge and Adrenaline Parc. Explore Biarritz's surroundings by going to Digue de Socoa (in Ciboure), Hendaye (Fishing Charters & Tours & Baie de Txingudi) and Parcours Decouverte de Sorde l'Abbaye (in Sorde-l'Abbaye). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, head outdoors with La Grande Plage, admire the masterpieces at Musee Asiatica, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Miramar.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Biarritz day trip site.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Biarritz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Bordeaux in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Biarritz: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.