17 days in Rouen & Brittany Itinerary

17 days in Rouen & Brittany Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Philadelphia
+3
Fly + Train + Foot + Train:  12 h 45 min
1
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Rennes
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Perros-Guirec
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Brest
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Concarneau
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Carnac
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Rue Eau de Robec, make a trip to Rue Saint-Romain, then admire the striking features of Hotel de Bourgtheroulde, then get to know the fascinating history of Cote Sainte-Catherine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de St-Wandrille. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, get engrossed in the history at Historial Jeanne d’Arc, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Maclou's Church, then view the masterpieces at Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen, and finally pause for some photo ops at Tour Jeanne d'Arc.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rouen route planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Rouen is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Rouen is 6 hours. In May, Rouen is a bit cooler than Philadelphia - with highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rennes.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Abbaye de St-Wandrille
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Hotel de Bourgtheroulde ©
Hotel de Bourgtheroulde
Cote Sainte-Catherine ©
Cote Sainte-Catherine
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

3
nights
Rennes

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Visit Mont Saint-Michel and Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Les Champs Libres and Eglise Saint Leonard. Change things up with these side-trips from Rennes: Chateau de Sainte-Suzanne (in Sainte-Suzanne) and (Mégalithes) Menhirs De Monteneuf (in Monteneuf). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parc des Gayeulles, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum), and admire the landmark architecture of Mairie de Rennes.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rennes travel route planner.

You can drive from Rouen to Rennes in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Rennes sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Eglise Saint Leonard, Chateau de Sainte-Suzanne, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, (Mégalithes) Menhirs De Monteneuf, Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre ©
Cathedrale Saint-Pierre
Les Champs Libres ©
Les Champs Libres

3
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, stroll through Sentier des douaniers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Trestraou, then identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, and finally stroll through Plage de Trestrignel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at 'Eglise de Saint Jacques, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame de la Clarte, step into the grandiose world of Castel Meur, step into the grandiose world of Le chateau De la Roche jagu, then stroll through Circuit de la pointe de l'Arcouest, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Perros-Guirec trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Rennes to Perros-Guirec by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Rennes in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Brest.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet, Circuit de la pointe de l'Arcouest, Castel Meur, Le chateau De la Roche jagu
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Plage de Trestraou ©
Plage de Trestraou
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles
Le chateau De la Roche jagu ©
Le chateau De la Roche jagu

1
night
Brest

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. On the 18th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame du Kreisker, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Paul-Aurelien, take in the spiritual surroundings of Enclos paroissial de Lampaul-Guimiliau, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Suliau, then don't miss a visit to Enclos paroissial de la Roche-Maurice, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte-Marie-du-Menez-Hom. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse de Pleyben Paroisse, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Oceanopolis, then take an in-depth tour of Musee national de la Marine, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Plage du Petit Minou.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Brest trip website.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Brest in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Concarneau.

Things to do in Brest

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Plouzane, Saint-Pol-de-Leon, Eglise Saint-Suliau, Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre, Paroisse de Pleyben Paroisse
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Chapelle Notre-Dame du Kreisker ©
Chapelle Notre-Dame du Kreisker
Enclos paroissial de Lampaul-Guimiliau ©
Enclos paroissial de Lampaul-Guimiliau
Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre ©
Abbaye Saint-Mathieu de Fine-Terre

4
nights
Concarneau

Concarneau ©
Concarneau is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee de la Peche and Chateau de Keriolet. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sainte Barbe and Ville Close de Concarneau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Concarneau: Chapelle Notre Dame de Penhors (in Pouldreuzic), Maison de l'Andouille Famille Rivalan-Quidu (in Guemene-sur-Scorff) and Les Forges des Salles (in Perret). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise de Saint Ronan, kick back and relax at La Plage du Cap Coz, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Joie, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Marinarium.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Concarneau tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brest to Concarneau in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Carnac.

Things to do in Concarneau

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Penmarch, Quimper, Sainte Barbe, Eglise de Saint Ronan, Our Lady of Tronoen
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Chateau de Keriolet ©
Chateau de Keriolet
Musee de la Peche ©
Musee de la Peche
Chapelle de Languidou ©
Chapelle de Languidou

2
nights
Carnac

Carnac ©
Carnac is a commune beside the Gulf of Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany in the Morbihan department in north-western France.Its inhabitants are called Carnacois in French. Eglise Saint Cornely and Place Henri IV will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Univers du Poete Ferrailleur and Chapelle Saint-Colomban. Explore Carnac's surroundings by going to Rochefort en Terre (Naia Museum & L'Art Gourmand), Village de Kerhinet (in Saint-Lyphard) and Eglise Saint Guenole (in Batz-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Dolmens de Mane Karioned, delve into the distant past at Carnac stones, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Grande Plage, and steep yourself in history at Halles de Questembert.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carnac trip planner.

You can drive from Concarneau to Carnac in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carnac

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Rochefort en Terre, Village de Kerhinet, Eglise Saint Guenole, Halles de Questembert, Place Henri IV
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Saint Cornely ©
Eglise Saint Cornely
Univers du Poete Ferrailleur ©
Univers du Poete Ferrailleur
Village de Kerhinet
Village de Kerhinet

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