19 days in France Itinerary

19 days in France Itinerary

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Rochefort
— 2 nights
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Saint-Nazaire
— 2 nights
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Lorient
— 1 night
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Brest
— 1 night
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Roscoff
— 1 night
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Paimpol
— 1 night
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Pontorson
— 1 night
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Le Mans City
— 1 night
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Blois
— 1 night
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Tours
— 2 nights
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Langeais
— 1 night
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Montlucon
— 1 night
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Cluny
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Dolus-d'Oleron
— 3 nights
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Rochefort

— 2 nights
Rochefort is a commune in southwestern France, a port on the Charente estuary. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Musee National de la Marine, then take in the waterfront activity at Port de plaisance de Rochefort, then brush up on your military savvy at Musee De l' ancienne ecole De Medecine Navale, and finally examine the collection at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rochefort online vacation maker.

Bourg-en-Bresse to Rochefort is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Bourg-en-Bresse in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rochefort: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Nazaire.

Things to do in Rochefort

Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Saint-Nazaire

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get great views at Terrasse Panoramique de l’Ecluse Fortifiee and then take a tour of Sous-Marin l'Espadon.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Nazaire trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Rochefort to Saint-Nazaire takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lorient.

Things to do in Saint-Nazaire

Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lorient

— 1 night
Lorient is on the south coast of Brittany where the river Scorff and the river Blavet join to form an estuary before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 14th (Fri), stop by Comtesse du Barry, examine the collection at Sous-Marin Flore, then take an in-depth tour of Keroman Submarine Base, and finally see the interesting displays at Cite de la Voile Eric Tabarly. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Dolmens de Mane Kerioned, delve into the mystery of Carnac stones, then don't miss a visit to Centre Historique de Vannes, and finally examine the collection at Musee de la Compagnie des Indes.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lorient road trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Nazaire to Lorient in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Lorient, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brest.

Things to do in Lorient

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Brest

— 1 night
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanopolis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Louis de Brest, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee national de la Marine.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Brest trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lorient to Brest takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Brest, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Roscoff.

Things to do in Brest

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Roscoff

— 1 night
Roscoff is a commune in the Finistère département of Brittany in northwestern France.Roscoff is renowned for its picturesque architecture, labeled "petite cité de caractère de Bretagne" (small town of character) since 2009. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Ile de Batz, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Exotique et Botanique de Roscoff, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre Dame de Croaz Batz.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Roscoff route maker site.

Traveling by car from Brest to Roscoff takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paimpol.

Things to do in Roscoff

Parks · Nature · Spas

Paimpol

— 1 night
Paimpol is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France.It is a tourist destination, especially during the summer months when people are attracted by its port and beaches.PopulationInhabitants of Paimpol are called paimpolais in French.Breton languageThe municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on 29 September 2008.In 2008, 11.8% of primary school children attended bilingual schools.TransportThe Gare de Paimpol is connected by trains to Gare de Guingamp with the Paris-Montparnasse–Brest line.SightsBlue and white striped-jumpers are immediately visible in the streets and are seen to reflect not only their pride in all things to do with the sea, but also in their région, Brittany.The town centre leads from the port down to the coast, through cobbled streets filled with restaurants, cafés and bars. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Place du Martray, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual, and then steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Beauport.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Paimpol trip website.

Drive from Roscoff to Paimpol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Paimpol are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pontorson.

Things to do in Paimpol

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Pontorson

— 1 night
Pontorson is a commune in the Manche department in north-western France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de la Paix de Pontorson and then don't miss a visit to Le Moulin de Moidrey.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Pontorson road trip site.

You can drive from Paimpol to Pontorson in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Le Mans City.

Things to do in Pontorson

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Le Mans City

— 1 night

Racing Capital

Located on the Sarthe River, Le Mans has beautiful gothic cultural reminders of the past with a gloriously restored old city made popular as the backdrop for movie production.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at 24 Hours of Le Mans Museum, appreciate the history behind Enceinte Gallo-Romaine du Mans, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans, and finally steep yourself in history at Entre Cours et Jardins - Cite Plantagenet.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Le Mans City holiday planner.

You can drive from Pontorson to Le Mans City in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Pontorson in August, you will find days in Le Mans City are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blois.

Things to do in Le Mans City

Historic Sites · Museums

Blois

— 1 night

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, steep yourself in history at Chateau Royal de Blois, and then examine the collection at Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Blois trip planner.

Traveling by car from Le Mans City to Blois takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Blois sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tours.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Tours

— 2 nights

Garden of France

Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): walk around Parc Mirabeau, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, take a stroll through Rue Nationale, pause for some photo ops at Basilique Saint-Julien, then admire the striking features of Place Plumereau, and finally make a trip to Basilique Saint Martin. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tours trip planner.

You can drive from Blois to Tours in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Tours can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Langeais.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Langeais

— 1 night
Langeais is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You've now added Chateau de Langeais to your itinerary. On the 24th (Mon), make a trip to Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Langeais.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Langeais journey planning website.

Langeais is very close to Tours. In August, daily temperatures in Langeais can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Montlucon.

Things to do in Langeais

Historic Sites

Montlucon

— 1 night
Montluçon HistoryEarly historyMontluçon was built in the Middle Ages. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Parc Wilson.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Montlucon trip planning tool.

You can drive from Langeais to Montlucon in 2.5 hours. In August in Montlucon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Cluny.

Things to do in Montlucon

Parks
Highlights from your trip

Cluny

On the 25th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Berze le Chatel, admire the landmark architecture of Tour des Fromages, then don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre-Dame de Cluny, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of Cluny.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cluny day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Montlucon to Cluny takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cluny are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dolus-d'Oleron.

Things to do in Cluny

Historic Sites

Dolus-d'Oleron

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Cabanes des Createurs, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de La Palmyre, and then don't miss a visit to Les Cabanes de la Baudissiere. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Pole-Nature du Marais aux Oiseaux, go for a stroll along the water at Le Port de la Cotiniere, then visit a coastal fixture at Le phare de chassiron, and finally meet the residents at Le Parc Myocastors.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dolus-d'Oleron day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Cluny to Dolus-d'Oleron takes 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dolus-d'Oleron

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

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.

Ile d'Oleron travel guide

3.8
Landmarks · Marinas · Lighthouses