17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Champagnat-le-Jeune
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Bayeux
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  17 h
End: San Francisco

4
nights
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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Paris is 9 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

3
nights
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.
Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Dune du Pilat (in La Teste-de-Buch) and Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion). Dedicate the 30th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux holiday maker site .

Take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Paris in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Champagnat-le-Jeune.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

La Grande Dune du Pilat, Chateau Cantenac
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
La Grande Dune du Pilat
La Grande Dune du Pilat
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse

1
night
Champagnat-le-Jeune

Champagnat-le-Jeune ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore and take pictures at Amethystes d'Auvergne.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Champagnat-le-Jeune trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Champagnat-le-Jeune takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Champagnat-le-Jeune when traveling from Bordeaux in May, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel to Amboise.
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Amethystes d'Auvergne ©
Amethystes d'Auvergne

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. On the 2nd (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau Royal d'Amboise. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chambord.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Amboise tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Champagnat-le-Jeune to Amboise takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Chateau de Chambord
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

5
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach (in Colleville-sur-Mer) and Etretat (Chemin des Douaniers & Falaises d'Etretat). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye aux Dames.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Amboise to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Bayeux are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Golf

Side Trips

Etretat, Colleville-sur-Mer, Abbaye aux Dames, Pegasus Memorial, Remains Mulberry Harbour
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

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