20 days in France Itinerary

20 days in France Itinerary

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20 days in France Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  30​h
1
Paris
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
2
Reims
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Rouen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Etretat
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h 30​min
7
Brest
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Bordeaux
— 5 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Christchurch

2
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité will appeal to history buffs. Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, wander the streets of Montmartre, and ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 30-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Christchurch to Paris. Traveling from Christchurch in July, things will get much hotter in Paris: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Reims.

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Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
night
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Palais du Tau, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, ponder the design of Fontaine Sube, then learn about winemaking at WineBubbles, and finally play a few rounds at Ugolf Reims-Bezannes.

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You can take a train from Paris to Reims in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in July, plan for little chillier nights in Reims, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites Wineries Golf
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Palais du Tau ©
Palais du Tau
Fontaine Sube ©
Fontaine Sube

2
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Jumieges, then identify plant and animal life at Caresse de Tigre, then head outdoors with Le Jardin Potager de Miromesnil, and finally cast your line with a fishing tour.

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Drive from Reims to Rouen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Reims in July, you will find days in Rouen are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Etretat.

Things to do in Rouen

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Le Jardin Potager de Miromesnil, Abbaye de Jumieges, Caresse de Tigre, Fondation Claude Monet
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Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

1
night
Etretat

Etretat ©
Etretat is a small coastal village on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite), take in the dramatic natural features at Porte d’Aval, and then get great views at Falaises d'Etretat.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Etretat day trip planning site .

You can drive from Rouen to Etretat in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Etretat can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Etretat

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite)
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Trinity Abbey (Abbey de la Trinite) ©
Porte d’Aval ©
Porte d’Aval

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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get outside with Norman'Air, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, get engrossed in the history at Pegasus Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bayeux attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Etretat to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant, Normandy American Cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, Norman'Air
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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nights
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the sheer force of La Grande Cascade, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, trek along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Champs, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. July in Mont-Saint-Michel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brest.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Champs, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, La Grande Cascade
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©

1
night
Brest

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Enclos Paroissial de Locmelar, get engrossed in the history at Musee Memoires 39-45, then appreciate the views at Vallon du stang Alar, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Brest trip planner .

Traveling by train from Mont-Saint-Michel to Brest takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Brest are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Brest

Wildlife Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Enclos Paroissial de Locmelar, Musee Memoires 39-45
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Musee Memoires 39-45 ©
Musee Memoires 39-45
Room Escape Games

1
night
La Rochelle

La Rochelle
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes, don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Brest to La Rochelle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Brest in July; daily highs in La Rochelle reach 28°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes
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Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

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nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chateau de Bridoire and St. Andre Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Dune du Pilat and Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaking & Canoeing (in Brantome en Perigord City), Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes) and Voie Verte des Berges de l'Isle (in Trelissac).

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bordeaux tour builder site .

Drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dune du Pilat, Chateau de Reignac, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, Voie Verte des Berges de l'Isle, Chateau de Bridoire
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St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Chateau de Bridoire ©
Chateau de Bridoire
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat

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