18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Nantes
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Saint-Malo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
5
La Teste-de-Buch
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Bayonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Biarritz
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
8
Hendaye
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
night
Nantes

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 18th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes. On the next day, partake in some friendly competition at Qui Veut Pister, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, then see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nantes tour itinerary planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Nantes is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Nantes, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from San Juan in October: high temperatures in Nantes hover around 21°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Nantes

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

3
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mont Saint-Michel. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Grand Aquarium, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, then don't miss a visit to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, and finally head off the coast to Le Grand Be.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Malo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nantes to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo ©
Les Remparts de Saint-Malo
Plage du Sillon ©
Plage du Sillon

1
night
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 22nd (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, then look for gifts at Cognac Only, then don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to La Rochelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Cognac Only ©
Cognac Only

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and then make a trip to The Water Mirror. Here are some ideas for day two: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), then ponder the design of Fontaine du Parlement, then don't miss a visit to Place Parlement, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to La Teste-de-Buch.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
Place Parlement ©
Place Parlement

2
nights
La Teste-de-Buch

La Teste-de-Buch
La Teste-de-Buch is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.It is located on the south shore of Arcachon Bay, lying in the southwestern part of Gironde.It is the largest of four communes that comprise the (COBAS), a small metropolitan area of 54,204 population (1999 census). Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of La ville d'Hiver and then take in the dramatic natural features at Dune du Pilat. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Ile aux Oiseaux, stop by Les Gourmandises d'Alienor, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Bassin d'Arcachon, and finally take some stellar pictures from Observatoire Sainte-Cecile.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Teste-de-Buch journey planner.

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to La Teste-de-Buch takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in La Teste-de-Buch sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Bayonne.

Things to do in La Teste-de-Buch

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Arcachon
Highlights from your plan
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
La ville d'Hiver ©
La ville d'Hiver
Observatoire Sainte-Cecile ©
Observatoire Sainte-Cecile

2
nights
Bayonne

Bayonne ©
Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga, don't miss a visit to Le Pas de Roland, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get engrossed in the history at Basque Museum (Musee Basque), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Grottes d'Oxocelhaya et d'Isturits, then stop by L'atelier du chocolat de bayonne, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Bayonne road trip planning app .

Getting from La Teste-de-Buch to Bayonne by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Bayonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bayonne

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Grottes d'Oxocelhaya et d'Isturits, Villa Arnaga, Le Pas de Roland
Highlights from your plan
Grottes d'Oxocelhaya et d'Isturits ©
Grottes d'Oxocelhaya et d'Isturits
Room Escape Games
Basque Museum (Musee Basque) ©
Basque Museum (Musee Basque)

2
nights
Biarritz

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz, then take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge, then stroll through La Cote des Basques, and finally make a trip to Phare de Biarritz. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de l'Uhabia, then get your game on at AviaSim Biarritz, then make a trip to Port des Pecheurs, and finally look for gifts at Mille et Un Fromages.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Biarritz tour planner.

Biarritz is very close to Bayonne. October in Biarritz sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Hendaye.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port, Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de l'Uhabia
Highlights from your plan
AviaSim Biarritz ©
AviaSim Biarritz
Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
Phare de Biarritz ©
Phare de Biarritz

2
nights
Hendaye

Hendaye ©
Hendaye is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The town, France's most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country.Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville, which stretches from Saint Vincent's church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage, the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs, the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.HistoryHendaye acquired its independence from the Urrugne parish in 1598, when Saint Vincent's church was built. Hendaye is known for beaches, historic sites, adventure, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye, step into the grandiose world of Maison Louis XIV, take in the pleasant sights at Port de Saint-jean-de-Luz., and admire the landmark architecture of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Hendaye sightseeing planner .

Hendaye is just a stone's throw from Biarritz. October in Hendaye sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hendaye

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Digue de Socoa
Highlights from your plan
Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Fishing Charters & Tours
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

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