8 days in France Itinerary

8 days in France Itinerary

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Drive
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Orleans
— Few hours
Drive
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Blois
— Few hours
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Ars-en-Re
— Few hours
Drive to La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport, Fly to Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport
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Bordeaux
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Emilion
— 2 nights
Drive
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Figeac
— 1 night
Drive to Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Fly to Paris-Orly Airport

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Orleans

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 111km southwest of Paris. To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Orleans trip planner.

Paris to Orleans is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 17th (Sat), you'll travel to Blois.

Things to do in Orleans

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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Blois

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.
To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Blois travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Orleans to Blois in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. October in Blois sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 17th (Sat), you're off to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Blois

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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La Rochelle

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 18th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle online trip maker.

Getting from Blois to La Rochelle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Blois in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in La Rochelle, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ars-en-Re.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Ars-en-Re

Ars-en-Ré is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.Formerly called just Ars, the commune changed to its current name on 8 March 1962.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arsais or Arsaises but they are nicknamed the Casserons: the casseron is a baby cuttlefish, a saltwater fish commonly found on the island.GeographyArs-en-Ré is one of 10 communes located on the Île de Ré off the coast of La Rochelle and is in the north-western part of the island some 8 km west of Saint-Martin-de-Ré. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Moulin a Maree.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ars-en-Re trip itinerary maker tool.

Travel from La Rochelle to Ars-en-Re in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Ars-en-Re can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bordeaux.
Highlights from your trip

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Bordeaux

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 21st (Wed): ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Ars-en-Re to Bordeaux with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Wildlife

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Saint-Emilion

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.
On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, get a dose of the wild on Grotte Celestine, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie d'Art Contemporain L'Orange Bleue, then pause for some serene contemplation at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chateau Ausone.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Emilion trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. October in Saint-Emilion sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to Figeac.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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Figeac

Figeac is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Figeac holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint-Emilion to Figeac in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint-Emilion in October: highs in Figeac hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Figeac

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

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.

Ile de Re travel guide

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Lighthouses · Landmarks · Lookouts