23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  30 h
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Reims
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Amboise
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Rouen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Brest
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Fly:  32 h
End: Christchurch

4
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Get outdoors at Île de la Cité and Seine River. Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, stop by Montmartre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paris online travel route planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 30- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Christchurch to Paris is minus 11 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Christchurch in July, with highs in Paris at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

3
nights
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Take a break from the city and head to Golf de l'Ailette and La Hotte du Diable. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Palais du Tau. Change things up with these side-trips from Reims: La Tranchee de Chattancourt (in Chattancourt), Somme American Cemetery and Memorial (in Bony) and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Belleau (in Belleau). There's still lots to do: tee off at Ugolf Reims-Bezannes, learn about winemaking at WineBubbles, and admire the local landmark of Fontaine Sube.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Reims trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Reims in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Reims when traveling from Paris in July, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Reims

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

La Tranchee de Chattancourt, Golf de l'Ailette, La Hotte du Diable, Somme American Cemetery and Memorial, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Belleau
Highlights from your plan
La Tranchee de Chattancourt ©
La Tranchee de Chattancourt
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Somme American Cemetery and Memorial ©
Somme American Cemetery and Memorial

1
night
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then contemplate the long history of Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally do a tasting at Plou Et Fils.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Amboise travel route planner.

Getting from Reims to Amboise by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Amboise sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
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Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Plou Et Fils ©
Plou Et Fils

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Escape the urban bustle at Falaises d'Etretat and Les Cressonnieres. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Eglise Saint-Etienne. Venture out of the city with trips to Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Etretat (L'Aiguille Creuse & Porte d’Aval). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Saint-Sever, and head outdoors with Le Fleuve La Veules.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Rouen trip planner.

You can drive from Amboise to Rouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Amboise in July, expect nights in Rouen to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Etretat, Veules-les-Roses, Eglise Saint-Etienne, Fishing Charters & Tours, Fondation Claude Monet
Highlights from your plan
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Get some historical perspective at Normandy American Cemetery and Bayeux War Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to Omaha Beach and Norman'Air. Venture out of the city with trips to Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant (in Falaise) and Vallee des Moulins (in Fermanville). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, view the masterpieces at Normandie Savoir-Faire, witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Rouen to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Pegasus Memorial, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant
Highlights from your plan
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux

2
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
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 17th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, then contemplate the long history of Cabane Vauban, and then trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Malo day trip planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Saint-Malo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Saint-Malo, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brest.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Cabane Vauban, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James ©
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel

1
night
Brest

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. On the 19th (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oceanopolis and then take an in-depth tour of Musee Memoires 39-45.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Brest online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Brest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Brest

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums

Side Trip

Musee Memoires 39-45
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Musee Memoires 39-45 ©
Musee Memoires 39-45
Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis

3
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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.
On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral and then look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Beaurang, then do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Brest to Bordeaux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, Bordeaux is somewhat warmer than Brest - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Chateau de Reignac, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron ©
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron

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