17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25 h
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Marmande
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
6
Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  30 h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Visiting Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, examine the collection at Appartement-Atelier de Le Corbusier, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and steep yourself in history at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris day trip site .

Melbourne, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Paris: highs are around 29°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Bayeux.

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
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 21st (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then take in the history at Omaha Beach, then stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), and then brush up on your military savvy at Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Colleville-sur-Mer, Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, Omaha Beach
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery

2
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, then take an in-depth tour of Musee National de la Marine, and then see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Rue Sur-les-Murs and then kick back and relax at Plage des Conches.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Rochelle road trip planning site .

Drive from Bayeux to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bayeux in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 18°C in La Rochelle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rochefort, Plage de Chatelaillon, Plage des Conches
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Plage de Chatelaillon ©
Plage de Chatelaillon
Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette
Plage des Conches ©
Plage des Conches

2
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.
On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Le Phare du Cap Ferret, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame des Flots, then contemplate the long history of La ville d'Hiver, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Blaye.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux online tour builder .

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Marmande.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lege-Cap-Ferret, La ville d'Hiver
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La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver
Le Phare du Cap Ferret ©
Le Phare du Cap Ferret
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Marmande

Marmande ©
Marmande is a commune in the Lot-et-Garonne département in south-western France.GeographyMarmande is located 35 km north-west of Agen, on the southern railway from Bordeaux to Sète. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Chateau Belingard, do a tasting at Chateau de Monbazillac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bridoire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bazas Cathedral and then learn about winemaking at Chateau Lestevenie.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Marmande road trip app .

You can drive from Bordeaux to Marmande in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marmande

Historic Sites Wineries Fun & Games

Side Trips

Chateau Belingard, Chateau Lestevenie, Chateau de Monbazillac, Bazas Cathedrale, Chateau de Bridoire
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Belingard ©
Chateau Belingard
Chateau de Monbazillac ©
Chateau de Monbazillac
Chateau Lestevenie ©
Chateau Lestevenie

2
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Plage de Sylvabelle, enjoy the sand and surf at La Ponche Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Nartelle.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marmande to Saint-Raphael takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Marmande, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Ponche Beach, Plage de la Nartelle, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Plage de Sylvabelle, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
La Ponche Beach ©
La Ponche Beach

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