21 days in Paris, Dordogne & Bordeaux Itinerary

21 days in Paris, Dordogne & Bordeaux Itinerary

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Paris
— 7 nights
Fly to Limoges Airport, Drive to Villars
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Villars
— 2 nights
Drive
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bergerac City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Paris

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Trianons & The Hamlet) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Paris road trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Villars.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Villars

— 2 nights
Villars is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Puyguilhem, then get a taste of life in the country at Brantome Police Horses & Friends, then experience rural life at Ferme Andrevias, and finally get outside with Velorail. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Villars, then contemplate the long history of Forges de Savignac-Ledrier, then examine the collection at Musee d'Histoire de la Medecine, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Tourtoirac.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Villars visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Paris to Villars. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: highs in Villars hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Villars

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

— 4 nights

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil: Place des Cornieres, Monpazier (in Monpazier), Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Vieux Pont Bridge (in Terrasson-Lavilledieu). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, explore the fascinating underground world of Abri du Poisson, relax in the rural setting at Ferme de Fonluc, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Commarque.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip builder.

You can drive from Villars to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bergerac City.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bergerac City

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bergerac City: Perigueux (Vesunna, Cathedrale St-Front, &more), Le Domaine de Barbe (in Badefols-sur-Dordogne) and Couze et Saint Front Town Hall (in Couze-et-Saint-Front).

To see maps and more tourist information, use the Bergerac City holiday planner.

Getting from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Bergerac City by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Bergerac City, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Bergerac City

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich), Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc) and Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac & Chateau Beaurang). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, get your game on at Virtual Room Bordeaux, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux road trip planning app.

Getting from Bergerac City to Bordeaux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. May in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Dordogne travel guide

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Castles · Caves · Landmarks
Because this region has escaped overdevelopment, Dordogne is one of France's best kept secrets with historical châteaux, medieval fortresses, prehistoric cave paintings, and Roman remains sprinkled throughout. Legendary stone villages with golden stone houses make this region seem a little like a cross between a fairy tale and a movie set. Canoeing down the River Dordogne is a fantastic way to tour the region, and there are many areas where you can walk, hike, and do your sightseeing on foot. This region, which roughly corresponds with the ancient county of Périgord, remains quite rural and known for its wonderful pâtés.