23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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23 days in France Itinerary

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

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Step out of the city life by going to Île de la Cité and Seine River. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, make a trip to Louvre Museum, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip website .

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. Traveling from Christchurch to Paris, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Reims.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

3
nights
Reims

Reims ©
Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims and Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Belleau. Escape the urban bustle at Golf de l'Ailette and La Hotte du Diable. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Reims: Somme American Cemetery and Memorial (in Bony) and La Tranchee de Chattancourt (in Chattancourt). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at WineBubbles, tee off at Ugolf Reims-Bezannes, admire the landmark architecture of Palais du Tau, and ponder the design of Fontaine Sube.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Reims trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Paris to Reims by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Reims, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Amboise.

Things to do in Reims

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Somme American Cemetery and Memorial, La Tranchee de Chattancourt, Golf de l'Ailette, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de Belleau, La Hotte du Diable
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La Tranchee de Chattancourt ©
La Tranchee de Chattancourt
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims
Somme American Cemetery and Memorial ©

1
night
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally learn about winemaking at Plou Et Fils.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Amboise tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from Reims to Amboise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rouen.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
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Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise
Plou Et Fils ©
Plou Et Fils

3
nights
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Step out of the city life by going to Falaises d'Etretat and Le Fleuve La Veules. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen and Cimetiere Saint-Sever. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Etretat (The Pinnacle L'Aiguille Creuse & Porte d’Aval), Eglise Saint-Etienne (in Fecamp) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Cressonnieres.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Amboise to Rouen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Amboise in July, plan for slightly colder days in Rouen, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Etretat, Veules-les-Roses, Fondation Claude Monet, Eglise Saint-Etienne, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Normandy American Cemetery and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Omaha Beach and Vallee des Moulins. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, explore the different monuments and memorials at Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, and take in the exciting artwork at Normandie Savoir-Faire.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Bayeux sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Memorial, Vallee des Moulins, Omaha Beach, Normandy American Cemetery
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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

2
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, and then admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay, then get great views at Cabane Vauban, and then hike along Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Saint-Malo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brest.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Cabane Vauban, Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

1
night
Brest

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oceanopolis and then brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memoires 39-45.

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You can drive from Saint-Malo to Brest in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Brest can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Brest

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Musee Memoires 39-45
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Musee Memoires 39-45 ©
Musee Memoires 39-45
Oceanopolis ©
Oceanopolis

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral and then look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, do a tasting at Chateau Beaurang, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux online travel route planner .

Getting from Brest to Bordeaux by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Brest in July, with highs in Bordeaux at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, Chateau de Reignac, Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron ©
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron

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