18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Paris
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Gien
— 3 nights
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Blere
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle
— 7 nights
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Combourg
— 2 nights
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Paris

— 2 nights

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 Seine River, Paris Plage and Bassin de la Villette. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Île de la Cité, kick back and relax at Paris Plage, then stop by Ile Saint-Louis, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bassin de la Villette.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Paris holiday planner.

Calais to Paris is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Calais in July, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gien.

Things to do in Paris

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Gien

— 3 nights
Gien is a commune in the Loiret department in north-central France.Gien is on the Loire River, 80km from Orléans. Your day by day itinerary now includes Cyclorail, Musee de l'Automobile, Grand Bois Aventure, and other attractions you added. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire and Cave Eric Louis - Vins de Sancerre. Take a break from the city and head to Léo Parc Aventure and Golf du Chateau de Cheverny.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gien itinerary app.

You can drive from Paris to Gien in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Blere.

Things to do in Gien

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wineries

Side Trips

Blere

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Les anes de Madame and La Balade des Fromages. Change things up with these side-trips from Blere: Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (in Chaumont-sur-Loire), Chateau de Loches (in Loches) and Etangs de la Brenne (in Saint Michel en Brenne).

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Blere travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gien to Blere takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Blere

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 7 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 list of things to see and do now includes La Route du Sel, Embarcadere Prada, Latitude, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Phare de la Coubre and Paleosite. Get out of town with these interesting La Rochelle side-trips: Marche Central de Royan (in Royan), Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle (in Saint Jean d'Angle) and Parc des Dunes (in Brem Sur Mer). The adventure continues: make a trip to La Grande Roue, take an in-depth tour of New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde), tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Chatelaillon, and examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Blere to La Rochelle takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Combourg.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Combourg

— 2 nights
Combourg is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France.PopulationInhabitants of Combourg are called Combourgeois and, more rarely Combournais, in French.HistoryThe town is part of the Patrimoine Urbain de Bretagne and labelled as one of Les Petites Cités de Caractère. Your day by day itinerary now includes Canal de Nantes a Brest, Port de Plaisance and Lac de Guerledan.

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You can drive from La Rochelle to Combourg in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Combourg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cherbourg-Octeville

Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Deauville Beach, Port Racine and Normandy Sightseeing Tours. On the 14th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier Saint Martin, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Normandy Sightseeing Tours, then trek along Vallee des Moulins, then go for a stroll along the water at Port Racine, and finally kick back and relax at Deauville Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cherbourg-Octeville trip planner.

Drive from Combourg to Cherbourg-Octeville in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cherbourg-Octeville can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.