16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Paris
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Rennes
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Arzal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Pont-Aven
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, then kick back and relax at Paris Plage, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

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Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Paris is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Paris reach 78°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rennes.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter ©
Saint Germain des Pres Quarter
Sainte-Chapelle ©
Sainte-Chapelle

5
nights
Rennes

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
You'll get in some beach time at Longchamps Beach and Plage de l'Ecluse. Discover out-of-the-way places like La Pointe du Grouin and Cathedrale Saint-Samson. Change things up with these side-trips from Rennes: Chemin de Ronde (in Cancale), Menhir du Champ Dolent (in Dol-de-Bretagne) and Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan (in Dinan). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel, see the interesting displays at Les Champs Libres, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Vitre, and make a trip to Fonderie de Cloches Cornille-Havard.

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Getting from Paris to Rennes by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arzal.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dol-de-Bretagne, Cancale, Chateau de Vitre, Mont Saint-Michel, Eglise Saint-Malo de Dinan
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Longchamps Beach ©
Longchamps Beach

3
nights
Arzal

Arzal ©
Arzal is a commune in the Morbihan department in the Brittany region in northwestern France.PopulationInhabitants of Arzal are called Arzalais. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Logis de la Chabotterie and Notre-Dame-de-la-Tronchaye. Take a break from the city and head to Club Nautique de Damgan and Zipline. Change things up with these side-trips from Arzal: Clisson (Cite Medievale & Clisson Castle), Vendee Miniature (in Bretignolles Sur Mer) and Musee du Poete Ferrailleur (in Lizio). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Historial de la Vendee and explore the ancient world of Chateau de Ranrouet.

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You can drive from Rennes to Arzal in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pont-Aven.

Things to do in Arzal

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Clisson, Club Nautique de Damgan, Logis de la Chabotterie, Historial of Vendee, Univers du Poete Ferrailleur
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Chateau de Clisson ©
Chateau de Clisson
Club Nautique de Damgan ©
Club Nautique de Damgan
Chateau de Ranrouet ©
Chateau de Ranrouet

4
nights
Pont-Aven

Pont-Aven ©
Pont-Aven is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in northwestern France.PopulationInhabitants of Pont-Aven are called in French Pontavenistes.History Pont-Aven is mentioned among the towns which took part in the Breton anti-tax Rebellion of the Red Bonnets against Louis XIV of France in 1675.ArtsPont-Aven is mainly known because of the group of artists who flocked round Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin, and who were joined in 1888 by Paul Sérusier. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Plage de Carantec and Musee de la Compagnie des Indes. Sainte Barbe and Cairn of Barnenez will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pont-Aven: La Cour d'Orgeres (in Quiberon), Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau (in Guimiliau) and Musee de Prehistoire (in Carnac). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Andouilles Rivalan Quidu SARL, steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Bon-Repos, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Keriolet, and examine the collection at Sous-Marin Flore.

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Traveling by car from Arzal to Pont-Aven takes 1.5 hours. August in Pont-Aven sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pont-Aven

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lorient, Quimper, Sainte Barbe, Musee de Prehistoire, Abbey Bon Repos
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Sous-Marin Flore ©
Sous-Marin Flore
 Abbey Bon Repos ©
Abbey Bon Repos
Cairn of Barnenez ©
Cairn of Barnenez

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