16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Amboise
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
La Rochelle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Bordeaux
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Bristol

5
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Paris and FlyView make great kid-friendly stops. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Bristol, UK to Paris is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bristol to Paris due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Amboise.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris

1
night
Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): do a tasting at Plou Et Fils, then get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Amboise route app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Amboise takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Amboise are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Rochelle.

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

5
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Puy du Fou and Zoo de La Palmyre. Get out of town with these interesting La Rochelle side-trips: Le Grand Defi (in Saint-Julien-des-Landes) and Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte (in Les Sables-d'Olonne). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, and explore the activities along Vieux Port.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read La Rochelle trip app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Amboise to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Puy du Fou, Zoo de La Palmyre, Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte, Le Grand Defi
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Puy du Fou ©
Puy du Fou
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Le Grand Defi ©
Le Grand Defi

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Chateau de Bridoire and Aquarium du Perigord Noir. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: La Vallee Mysterieuse (in Ribagnac), Chateau Cluzeau (in Sigoules-et-Flaugeac) and Chateau de Panisseau (in Thenac). The adventure continues: putt your heart out at Jungle Golf, examine the collection at La Cite du Vin, get your game on at AviaSim Bordeaux, and don't miss a visit to Pont de Pierre.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Le Bugue, Ribagnac, Chateau Cluzeau, Chateau de Panisseau
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Virtual Room Bordeaux ©
Virtual Room Bordeaux
Chateau de Bridoire ©
Chateau de Bridoire
Jungle Golf ©
Jungle Golf

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