18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Audinghen
— 2 nights
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Honfleur
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
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Pornic
— 1 night
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
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Saint-Emilion
— 2 nights
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Brive-la-Gaillarde
— 6 nights
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Audinghen

— 2 nights
Audinghen is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.GeographyA farming commune, comprising several hamlets, some 14mi north of Boulogne-sur-Mer, at the junction of the D940 and the D191 roads. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Cap Blanc-Nez. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Wissant Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Audinghen holiday planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Audinghen is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. July in Audinghen sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Honfleur.

Things to do in Audinghen

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Honfleur

— 2 nights
Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Lower Normandy.
Bring the kids along to Falaises d'Etretat and Vieux Bassin. Go for a jaunt from Honfleur to Boulogne-sur-Mer to see Nausicaa about 2h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Catherine's Catholic Church, look for gifts at Maison du Cidre, snap pictures at Pont de Normandie, and don't miss a visit to Galerie Jean Fontan.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Honfleur journey builder.

You can drive from Audinghen to Honfleur in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Honfleur are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Honfleur

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 11th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Mont Saint-Michel, pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then cool off at Alligator Bay.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel travel planner.

Getting from Honfleur to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. July in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Pornic.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pornic

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Le Serpent d'Ocean, get in on the family fun at Legendia Parc, and then hike along Sentier des Douaniers.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pornic vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Pornic takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Pornic are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Pornic

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Rochelle trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pornic to La Rochelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion

— 2 nights

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Kids will enjoy Chateau de Bridoire and Balade au Fil de l'Eau. Go for a jaunt from Saint-Emilion to Monbazillac to see Chateau de Monbazillac about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, admire the landmark architecture of Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue, and stop by Vitrail Color.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Emilion trip planning app.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Saint-Emilion in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Saint-Emilion are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Brive-la-Gaillarde.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brive-la-Gaillarde

— 6 nights
Brive-la-Gaillarde is a commune of France. Family-friendly places like Gouffre de Padirac and Cite Religieuse will thrill your kids. Explore Brive-la-Gaillarde's surroundings by going to Lacave (Prehisto Dino Parc & Grottes de Lacave), Archéosite of Fieux (in Miers) and Insectopia (in Padirac). And it doesn't end there: stroll through La Foret des Singes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grottes de Saint-Antoine, head outdoors with Tree Adventure Park Dordogne - Park WIZZ'TITI, and pick up some local products at Marche de Brive du mardi.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Brive-la-Gaillarde online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Emilion to Brive-la-Gaillarde takes 2 hours. Traveling from Saint-Emilion in July, you will find days in Brive-la-Gaillarde are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brive-la-Gaillarde

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Monuments · Landmarks · History Museums
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.

Pays de la Loire travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Specialty Museums · Castles
With 368 km (230 miles) of Atlantic Ocean coast, Pays de la Loire is a region rich with picturesque ports, renowned seaside resorts, salt marshes, and a strong maritime tradition. As a vivacious region, it hosts two legendary races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans car races in June and the Vendée Globe sailing races in November. With five departments, the majority of the famous châteaux and attractions of the Loire Valley are located in the Centre region, and not in the Pays de la Loire, despite the name. However, you will be happy to find that the weather is mild and conducive to biking, strolling, boating, and sightseeing around the region while discovering its secrets, such as its vineyards and wineries from Saumur to Anjou.