17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner

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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saintes
— 5 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
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Paris
— 1 night

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Bordeaux

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll around Ecosite du Bourgailh and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Paul. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine, then don't miss a visit to Fontaine des Trois Graces, and then take a stroll through Skatepark Le Hangar Darwin.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux trip app.

If you are flying in from Hungary, the closest major aiports are Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Bergerac-Roumanière Airport and La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saintes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Saintes

— 5 nights
Saintes, a small city on the banks of the Charente River in the Charente-Maritime department, is noteworthy for its Gallo-Roman, medieval, and renaissance heritage.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Amphitheatre de Saintes and Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Civray. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Camino de Santiago and Eglise Saint-Leger. Get out of town with these interesting Saintes side-trips: Eglise Saint Hilaire (in Melle), Eglise St Pierre (in Aulnay) and Domaine De Birius (in Biron). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Cognac, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Andre, contemplate the long history of Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes, and admire the masterpieces at Musee de l'Echevinage.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saintes holiday site.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Saintes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saintes

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Phare des Baleines as well as Parc Charruyer. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll around Parc Charruyer, then wander the streets of Quartier Saint Nicolas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Rue Sur-les-Murs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at L’Eglise de Surgeres, then contemplate the long history of Citadelle Vauban, and then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saintes to La Rochelle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in La Rochelle are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee du Vin et du Negoce and Chateau Laniote. Explore hidden gems such as Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux and Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (in Martillac) and Saint-Emilion (Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe, Chateau Guadet, &more). See some other sides of Bordeaux: make a trip to Porte Cailhau, learn about winemaking at Chateau Pape Clement, take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Fleche Saint-Michel, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Eloi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip tool.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Eiffel Tower as well as Champs-Elysees. On the 31st (Sat), stop by 1st Arrondissement, then wander the streets of Île de la Cité, then get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and finally steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Traveling from Bordeaux in October, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 19°C.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.