9 days in France Itinerary

9 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Niort
— 1 night
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Toulouse
— 1 night
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Blois
— 3 nights
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Quimper
— 1 night

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Niort

— 1 night
Niort is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in western France.The population of Niort is 60,486 and more than 137,000 people live in the urban area. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Donjon.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Niort journey maker.

Quimper to Niort is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Niort, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Niort

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, pause for some serene contemplation at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, then do a tasting at Chateau Beaurang, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Niort to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Niort, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 19th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, discover the deep blue sea with Atlantide Plongee, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally ponder the world of politics at Theatre du Capitole.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse route app.

Getting from Bordeaux to Toulouse by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Toulouse are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to fly to Blois.

Things to do in Toulouse

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nightlife

Blois

— 3 nights

Town of Art and History

Situated on the banks of the lower Loire river, Blois opens doors to many activities centered along the banks of the river.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chambord and Chateau Royal d'Amboise. Get some historical perspective at Chateau Royal de Blois and Escalier Denis Papin. Step out of Blois with an excursion to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cheverny, examine the collection at Maison de la Magie Robert-Houdin, get outside with Aerocom Montgolfiere, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Safari Train -Reserve de Beaumarchais.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Blois day trip planning site.

Getting from Toulouse to Blois by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Toulouse in August; daily highs in Blois reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Quimper.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Quimper

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Ville Close de Concarneau, head outdoors with Bonobo Parc, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Mathieu, then admire the striking features of Saint Corentin Cathedral, and finally stroll through Le Steir.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Quimper sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Blois to Quimper in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Blois, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Quimper, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Quimper

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.