29 days in France Itinerary

29 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France holiday planner

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Bordeaux
— 1 day
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Nantes
— 2 nights
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Saint-Malo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Caen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Deauville City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chartres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights

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Bordeaux

— 1 day

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.
On the 27th (Mon), stop by Port de la Lune, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Louis des Chartrons, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau du Taillan, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, and finally steep yourself in history at Prieure de Cayac.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux day trip website.

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major aiports are Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Bergerac-Roumanière Airport and La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport. In September in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Nantes

— 2 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 28th (Tue), examine the collection at Musee de l'Imprimerie, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, wander the streets of Place Graslin, then don't miss a visit to Basilique Saint Nicolas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix. On the next day, snap pictures at Pont de la Vallee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Clisson, then make a trip to Les Halles, then examine the collection at Musee du Vignoble Nantais, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Clement.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantes trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Nantes, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Dinan and Villa les Roches Brunes. Popular historic sites such as Chapelle Saint-Aubert and Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Malo: Rennes (Ecomusee de la Bintinais, Notre-Dame-en-Saint-Melaine, &more), Chateau Fort de Lehon (in Lehon) and Chateau de Chateaugiron (in Chateaugiron). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, see the interesting displays at Le monde du coquillage, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Lehon, and steep yourself in history at Musee Jacques Cartier.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Saint-Malo trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Nantes to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Caen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eglise Saint Etienne and Cementerio Militar Jerusalem De La Commonwealth. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise du Vieux Saint Sauveur and Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Bayeux (Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours & Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux), Falaise (Falaise Memorial & Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais) and Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye (in Juaye-Mondaye). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbey d’Ardenne, steep yourself in history at Place Saint-Sauveur, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Caen itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Malo to Caen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Caen are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Deauville City.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Deauville City

— 4 nights
With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa Strassburger and Carmel De Lisieux. Vimoutiers tiger tank and Eglise Notre-Dame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Domaine Dupont (in Victot-Pontfol), Manoir De Grandouet (in Cambremer) and Ville de Lisieux (Les Buissonnets & Chateau de Saint-Germain-de-Livet). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Augustin, pause for some photo ops at Monument Eugene Cornuche, do a tasting at Calvados Boulard, and contemplate the long history of Batteries du Mont Canisy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Deauville City trip planner.

Getting from Caen to Deauville City by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Deauville City

Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Rouen

— 4 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Abbaye de Jumieges and Place de l'Aitre de St. Maclou will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Historial Jeanne d’Arc and Abbatiale Saint-Ouen. Change things up with these side-trips from Rouen: Eglise Saint Jacques (in Dieppe), Phare d'Ailly (in Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer) and Cimetiere Marin (in Varengeville-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cote Sainte-Catherine, admire the landmark architecture of St. Maclou's Church, contemplate the long history of Palais de Justice, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Wandrille.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip site.

You can drive from Deauville City to Rouen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Rouen sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Chartres.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Chartres

— 4 nights
Renowned for its medieval cathedral built on a hill by the left bank of the Eure River, Chartres is a small city in the Centre-Val de Loire region and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Maintenon and Musee Des Beaux Arts. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Maison Picassiette and L'Apostrophe. Venture out of the city with trips to Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Montligeon (in La Chapelle-Montligeon) and Chapelle Royale St-Louis (in Dreux). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Aignan, wander the streets of Chartres Historic Preservation Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at église St Pierre, and explore the engaging exhibits at Musee de l'Ecole de Chartres et d'Eure-et-Loir.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chartres vacation tool.

Drive from Rouen to Chartres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Chartres

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Paris

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like 1st Arrondissement and Fontaine Saint-Sulpice. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis and National Archives. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Malmaison in Rueil-Malmaison (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, take in the views from Pont-Neuf, pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, and contemplate the long history of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation.

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Traveling by car from Chartres to Paris takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

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.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.