15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Nantes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brest
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rouen
— 1 night
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Paris
— 5 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral and then get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Aquitaine. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vayres, don't miss a visit to Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, and then don't miss a visit to Citadelle de Blaye.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Bordeaux trip itinerary website.

La Coruna, Spain to Bordeaux is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. While traveling from La Coruna, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nantes

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chateau de Villandry and Chateau d'Angers. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and Eglise Saint Michel. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Chateau du Plessis-Mace (in Longuenee-en-Anjou), Cathedrale de Saint-Julien de Mans (in Le Mans City) and Saumur (Musee des Blindes & Le Cadre Noir). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tiffauges and contemplate the long history of Porte Saint-Pierre.

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Drive from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brest.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Brest

— 3 nights
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Get some cultural insight at Ville Close de Concarneau and Saint Corentin Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pointe Saint-Mathieu and Phare d'Eckmuhl. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brest: Musee Memoires 39-45 (in Plougonvelin), Chateau du Taureau (in Carantec) and Haliotika - La Cite de la Peche (in Guilvinec). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee national de la Marine and view the masterpieces at Le Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Brest trip planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Brest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nantes in July, plan for little chillier days in Brest, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Brest

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Rouen

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 19th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge, then steep yourself in history at Le Bucher de Jeanne d'Arc, then don't miss a visit to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally make a trip to Vieux Rouen.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen vacation maker site.

You can drive from Brest to Rouen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Rouen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Petit Palais. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, learn about all things military at The Army Museum, examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres, and get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah.

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Drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Rouen in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Paris, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

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.