12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France itinerary planner

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Fly
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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
Drive
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Biarritz
— 1 night
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 1 night
Fly
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Brest
— 1 day
Drive
5
Lorient
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beauvoir
— 1 night
Drive
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Brest
Fly
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Bordeaux
— 1 night
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Bordeaux

— 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Porte Cailhau, La Fleche Saint-Michel, Quinconces Esplanade (Esplanade des Quinconces), and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Monument aux Girondins and Sculpture Jaume Plensa. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux and appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux road trip website.

Riga, Latvia to Bordeaux is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Riga to Bordeaux is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Riga in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Biarritz

— 1 night
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Your day by day itinerary now includes ESCF Anglet/ Billabong Surf School as well as Port Vieux Beach. On the 28th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie and then kick back and relax at Port Vieux Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Biarritz road trip tool.

Drive from Bordeaux to Biarritz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Biarritz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trip

Bordeaux

— 1 night

The Port of the Moon

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip builder app.

Getting from Biarritz to Bordeaux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for Brest on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Bordeaux

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Nightlife

Brest

— 1 day
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Brest trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Brest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in August, things will get a bit cooler in Brest: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. You will leave for Lorient on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Brest

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Lorient

— 2 nights
Lorient is on the south coast of Brittany where the river Scorff and the river Blavet join to form an estuary before discharging into the Atlantic Ocean.
To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lorient tour planner.

You can drive from Brest to Lorient in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lorient are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Beauvoir.

Things to do in Lorient

Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Beauvoir

— 1 night
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Beauvoir trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lorient to Beauvoir in 2.5 hours. September in Beauvoir sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off to Brest.

Things to do in Beauvoir

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Brest

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Brest driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Beauvoir to Brest in 3 hours. On the 2nd (Wed), you're off to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Brest

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Bordeaux

— 1 night

The Port of the Moon

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Brest to Bordeaux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Brest in September, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Nightlife

France travel guide

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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.