22 days in France & New Orleans Itinerary

22 days in France & New Orleans Itinerary

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New Orleans, United States
— 5 nights
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Rennes, France
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
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Nantes, France
— 6 nights
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New Orleans, United States

— 5 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to French Quarter, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, see the interesting displays at Cabildo, and get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New Orleans holiday maker site.

Austin to New Orleans is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in September, you will find days in New Orleans are little chillier (83°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (83°F). On the 3rd (Mon), you're off to Rennes.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Rennes, France

— 4 nights
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Get out of town with these interesting Rennes side-trips: Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel), Bayeux (Fantastic Attic, Bayeux War Cemetery, &more) and Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James (in Saint James). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, walk around Parc du Thabor, appreciate the history behind Pegasus Memorial, and make a trip to Richard D. Winters Leadership monumen.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rennes trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from New Orleans to Rennes. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New Orleans to Rennes due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rennes, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion), French Wine Adventures (in Saussignac) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Association Hermione-La Fayette, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium de Biarritz, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rennes to Bordeaux in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 6 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Puy du Fou (in Les Epesses), Villandry (Chateau de Villandry & Savonnerie Soap'erlipopette) and La Rochelle (Aquarium La Rochelle, Towers of La Rochelle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nantes trip planner.

Drive from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nantes are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.