16 days in France & Brussels Itinerary

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Bordeaux, France
— 1 night
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Nantes, France
— 1 night
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Perros-Guirec, France
— 1 night
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Pontorson, France
— 2 nights
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Rouen, France
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights

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Bordeaux, France — 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Place de la Comedie, then walk around Parc Bordelais, then do sightseeing your way with DMjWineworks, and finally take a stroll through Port de la Lune. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Chateau Soutard, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret, then learn about winemaking at Chateau la Renommee, and finally delve into the distant past at La Tour du Chateau du Roy.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip builder website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Bergerac-Roumanière Airport and La Rochelle-Île de Ré Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Nantes.
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Nantes, France — 1 night

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
On the 7th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix, stop by Place Graslin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint Nicolas, then don't miss a visit to Place Royale, and finally stroll around Parc de la Beaujoire.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nantes trip planning tool.

Getting from Bordeaux to Nantes by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Perros-Guirec.
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Perros-Guirec, France — 1 night

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Bay of Lannion, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Saint-Guirec, then enjoy the sea views from Phare de Men Ruz, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at 'Eglise de Saint Jacques.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Perros-Guirec travel planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nantes in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Perros-Guirec: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Pontorson.
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Pontorson, France — 2 nights

Pontorson is a commune in the Manche department in north-western France. On the 9th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de la Paix de Pontorson, stroll the grounds of Mausolee du Mont d'Huisnes, don't miss a visit to Pointe du Grouin du Sud, then hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Pointe du Roc, then get great views at Cabane Vauban, then get a dose of the wild on L'Aigrette, Pauses Natures en baie, and finally make a trip to Le Moulin de Moidrey.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Pontorson road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Pontorson takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rouen.
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Rouen, France — 2 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins d'Angelique, then take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin des Sculptures, château de Bois-Guilbert, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee national de l'Education. On the next day, make a trip to Les Racines du Ciel, then admire the landmark architecture of Bureau des Finances, then look for gifts at Fayencerie Augy, and finally examine the collection at Musee des Antiquites.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rouen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pontorson to Rouen in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
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Paris, France — 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 1st Arrondissement and Off-Road Tours. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Chatenay-Malabry to see Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, stroll around Parc Monceau, don't miss a visit to Pont-Neuf, and admire the landmark architecture of Luxembourg Palace.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planning site.

You can drive from Rouen to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fondation Folon and Chateau de la Hulpe. There's lots more to do: stroll around Parc Josaphat, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Mont des Arts, appreciate the history behind Carillon du Mont des Arts, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Notre-Dame Du Finistere.

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You can take a train from Paris to Brussels in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Brussels are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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.
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