17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
2
Saintes
— 5 nights
3
La Rochelle
— 2 nights
4
Bordeaux
— 5 nights
5
Paris
— 1 night

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.
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 Fountain of Three Graces, and then take a stroll through Skatepark Le Hangar Darwin.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux online trip planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saintes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hotel de Ville (City Hall) ©
Hotel de Ville (City Hall)
Le refuge de Patiras ©
Le refuge de Patiras
Promenade Sainte Catherine ©
Promenade Sainte Catherine

5
nights
Saintes

Saintes ©
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 Camino de Santiago. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Civray and Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes. Get out of town with these interesting Saintes side-trips: Eglise Saint Hilaire (in Melle), Domaine De Birius (in Biron) and Eglise St Pierre (in Aulnay). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal de Cognac, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Leger, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Andre, and take an in-depth tour of Centre d'Interpretation de l'Architecture Et du Patrimoine.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Saintes online itinerary planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Saintes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Saintes are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saintes

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Cognac, Angouleme, Domaine De Birius, Braastad Cognac, Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes
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Amphitheatre de Saintes ©
Amphitheatre de Saintes
Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes ©
Le Pole-Nature de la Pierre de Crazannes
Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Civray ©
Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Civray

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.
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 take a bus; 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

Side Trips

Phare des Baleines, Citadelle Vauban, L’Eglise de Surgeres
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Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
L’Eglise de Surgeres ©
L’Eglise de Surgeres
Citadelle Vauban ©
Citadelle Vauban

5
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee du Vin et du Negoce and Place de la Bourse. Explore hidden gems such as Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux and Porte Cailhau. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Emilion (Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe, Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, &more) and Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (in Martillac). See even more of Bordeaux: examine the collection at Musee d'Aquitaine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Marie-de-la-Bastide, and admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary tool.

Drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion ©
Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion
Musee du Vin et du Negoce ©
Musee du Vin et du Negoce
Musee d'Aquitaine ©
Musee d'Aquitaine

1
night
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.
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 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
Highlights from your plan
1st Arrondissement ©
1st Arrondissement
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

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