22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France sightseeing planner

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Emilion
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vichy
Drive
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Moulins
— 2 nights
Drive
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Beaune
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dijon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Promenade Fleurie and Beach of La Palmyre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Porte Cailhau and La ville d'Hiver. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: cave viniflore (in Andernos-les-Bains), Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont (in Talmont sur Gironde) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Girondins, stop by Sophie's Store, pick up some local products at Marche Central de Royan, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Plage.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux road trip tool.

Newark, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 13-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Newark to Bordeaux, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in September, things will get slightly colder in Bordeaux: highs are around 75°F and lows about 56°F. On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion

— 2 nights

Gem of the Dordogne Valley

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): learn about winemaking at La Cave Dourthe, stroll through A Terre a Cheval, learn about winemaking at Chateau Cadet-Pontet, then look for gifts at La Grande Cave de Saint-Emilion, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, and finally view the masterpieces at Artisans Createurs a St Emilion. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, learn about winemaking at Chateau Boutinet, then look for gifts at Cave Larégnère, then do a tasting at Chateau la Renommee, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Franc Mayne.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Emilion trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September in Saint-Emilion, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vichy.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Wineries · Shopping · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Vichy

Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Les Bords de l'Allier, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Les Sources de Vichy, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Blaise.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vichy trip builder.

Drive from Saint-Emilion to Vichy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint-Emilion in September: high temperatures in Vichy hover around 71°F and lows are around 51°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Moulins.

Things to do in Vichy

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Moulins

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Espace Bernadette and then stroll around Parc Floral d'Apremont. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): head outdoors with Canoe Terre d'Allier, get outside with Foret de Troncais, then admire the striking features of Pagode Phap Vuong Tu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Prieure Clunisien, and finally stop by Herberisterie Les Deux Abbes.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Moulins trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vichy to Moulins takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Beaune.

Things to do in Moulins

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beaune

— 4 nights

Wine Capital of Burgundy

The Wine Capital of the Burgundy region in the Côte-d'Or department, Beaune is a walled city with features remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras in eastern France.
Shop till you drop at Le Cellier de la Cabiote and Boutique Gourmande Georges Blanc. Get in touch with nature at La Cascade des Tufs and Grottes de Baume-les-Messieurs. Go for a jaunt from Beaune to Pierreclos to see Chateau Historique de Pierreclos about 1h 10 min away. Dedicate the 16th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Athenaeum, don't miss a visit to Place de la Halle, learn about winemaking at Maison Joseph Drouhin, and pick up some new knowledge with Sensation Vin.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beaune road trip site.

Traveling by car from Moulins to Beaune takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Beaune are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Dijon.

Things to do in Beaune

Wineries · Tours · Classes · Shopping

Side Trips

Dijon

— 3 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Owl's Trail and Philippe Leclerc Wine Cellar. Head to The Market and La Moutarderie Edmond Fallotfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dijon: Parc de l'Auxois (in Arnay-sous-Vitteaux), Chateau of Bussy-Rabutin (in Bussy-le-Grand) and Abbaye de Fontenay (in Montbard). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Fromagerie Gaugry, contemplate the long history of Maison Milliere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, and head outdoors with Aqua-City.

Make your Dijon itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Beaune to Dijon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. September in Dijon sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Dijon

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.
For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Step out of the city life by going to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. Venture out of the city with trips to La Hotte du Diable (in Coincy) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris journey planning app.

Drive from Dijon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. On the 28th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Ski Areas
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.The region covers an area of more than 69711km2, making it the third largest in metropolitan France, with a population of 7,695,264, second only to Île-de-France.ToponymyThe text of the territorial reform law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names would be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.The interim name of the new administrative region was a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic region of Auvergne, the river Rhône, and the French Alps. The same name has been chosen as the definitive name, which was officialized by the Conseil d'État on 28 September 2016.GeographyThe region borders Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the south, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the north, Nouvelle-Aquitaine to the west, Switzerland (Cantons of Geneva, Valais and Vaud) and Italy (Aosta Valley and Piedmont) to the northeast and east.

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