11 days in France Itinerary

11 days in France Itinerary

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11 days in France Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  4​h
1
Rouen
— 1 night
2
Bayeux
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Cherbourg-Octeville
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Jumieges, make a trip to Vieux, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rouen trip builder tool .

London, UK to Rouen is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Rouen. In July, daytime highs in Rouen are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fondation Claude Monet, Abbaye de Jumieges
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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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Falaises d'Etretat (in Etretat) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Terrasse de l'Ouest & Mont Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bayeux day trip planning tool .

Getting from Rouen to Bayeux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Cherbourg-Octeville.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Falaises d'Etretat, American Cemetery & Memorial, Memorial de Caen, Remains Mulberry Harbour
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial

1
night
Cherbourg-Octeville

Cherbourg-Octeville ©
Cherbourg holds an arsenal of the French Navy.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): meet the residents at La Cite de la Mer, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ravalet, and then go for a stroll along the water at port du Hable.

For ratings and other tourist information, read Cherbourg-Octeville trip planner .

Take a train from Bayeux to Cherbourg-Octeville in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bayeux in July, you will find days in Cherbourg-Octeville are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Cherbourg-Octeville

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

port du Hable, Chateau des Ravalet
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Chateau des Ravalet ©
Chateau des Ravalet

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Dune du Pilat (in La Teste-de-Buch) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, explore the galleries of La Cite du Vin, don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Cherbourg-Octeville to Bordeaux in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cherbourg-Octeville in July; daily highs in Bordeaux reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Chateau Paloumey, Dune du Pilat
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat

2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then explore the galleries of Chateau des Milandes. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, then make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, then relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and finally Head underground at La Grotte De Domme.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda holiday planner .

Drive from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, La Grotte De Domme, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat

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