21 days in France Itinerary

21 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Jersey, Ferry to Saint-Malo
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Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tours
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gageac-et-Rouillac
— 2 nights
Drive
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Biarritz
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Saint-Malo

— 2 nights
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, then make a trip to Les Remparts de Saint-Malo, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Grand Aquarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, then stroll around Parc du Thabor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Malo trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Saint-Malo is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Saint-Malo due to the time zone difference. In June in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Orleans.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Orleans

— 2 nights
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Domaine National de Chambord, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chambord, and then steep yourself in history at Hotel Groslot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Place du Martroi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Orléans Cathedral, then stroll around Parc Floral Orleans, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Meung sur Loire.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Orleans road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. While traveling from Saint-Malo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Orleans, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Tours.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, then get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville de Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Musee du Compagnonnage, then don't miss a visit to Place Plumereau, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanique de Tours, and finally admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Villandry.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Tours road trip planning app.

You can drive from Orleans to Tours in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Tours sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Tours

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zoo de La Palmyre (in La Palmyre-Les Mathes) and Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, go for a stroll along the water at Port du Plomb, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get engrossed in the history at New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde).

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tours to La Rochelle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in La Rochelle sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gageac-et-Rouillac.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Gageac-et-Rouillac

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Monbazillac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Monbazillac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bridoire, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de Panisseau, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Lestevenie. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Chateau Belingard, learn about winemaking at Chateau Lardy, then awaken your taste buds at French Wine Adventures, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau De Gageac.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Gageac-et-Rouillac trip planner.

Getting from La Rochelle to Gageac-et-Rouillac by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from La Rochelle in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gageac-et-Rouillac, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Gageac-et-Rouillac

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Biarritz

— 4 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Eglise Saint-Cyprien (in Mendionde), Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge, hike along Sentier du Littoral, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz, and kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques.

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Getting from Gageac-et-Rouillac to Biarritz by car takes about 3.5 hours. While traveling from Gageac-et-Rouillac, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Biarritz, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 4 nights

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Take a break from Carcassonne with a short trip to Cite de l'espace in Toulouse, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Biarritz to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Biarritz in July: highs in Carcassonne hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Bergerac travel guide

4.1
Castles · Monuments · Gift & Specialty Shops
Bergerac is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Dordogne department in southwestern France.EconomyThe region is primarily known for wine and tobacco. It has 12 recognized wine AOCs (Appellations d'origine contrôlée): Bergerac Bergerac Rosé Bergerac Sec (dry) Côtes-de-Bergerac Côtes de Bergerac Blanc Côtes de Montravel Montravel (red and white) Haut-Montravel Saussignac Monbazillac Pécharmant RosetteSitesThe town has an important tourist industry. There are three museums, including the town museum, a statue museum and a tobacco museum. The church of Notre Dame is located in the town centre. There is also a wine house by the river which features a small exhibition on the history of wine growing. Bergerac offers some of the finest wines in the Bordeaux region due to the soil's excellent drainage - a result of its proximity to the Dordogne River. The Arboretum de Podestat is located near to Bergerac.

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