16 days in France & Bruges Itinerary

16 days in France & Bruges Itinerary

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16 days in France & Bruges Itinerary

Start: Cardiff, United Kingdom
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lille, France
— 2 nights
3
Rouen, France
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Caen, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Saint-Malo, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Brest, France
— 1 night
8
Vannes, France
— 1 night
9
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Le Havre, France
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Cardiff, United Kingdom

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Brugge, then take in panoramic vistas at Belfry of Bruges, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Het Zwin. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, explore the world behind art at Groeningemuseum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the Holy Blood, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beguinage (Begijnhof).

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip itinerary planner .

Cardiff, UK to Bruges is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and train. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. March in Bruges sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Lille.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Het Zwin Natuur Park
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum

2
nights
Lille, France

Lille ©
On the Deûle River near the Belgium border, Lille has a very active cultural life as France's fifth-largest metropolitan area and the fourth-largest urban area with a large college student population.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): Head underground at Carriere Wellington, Memorial de la Bataille d'Arras, then admire the masterpieces at St Vaast Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Arras, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette, and finally explore the world behind art at Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Malo-les-Bains.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lille trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bruges to Lille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Lille

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette, Plage de Malo-les-Bains, St Vaast Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Arras, Reserve Naturelle Dune Marchand
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2
nights
Rouen, France

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rouen trip planner .

Drive from Lille to Rouen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Rouen sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Caen.

Things to do in Rouen

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Avenue Verte
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Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc ©
Eglise Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc
Cote Sainte-Catherine ©
Cote Sainte-Catherine

1
night
Caen, France

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetières Militaires, pause for some photo ops at Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus), and then appreciate the history behind Hillman Site.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Caen driving holiday website .

Drive from Rouen to Caen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Caen

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ranville, Hillman Site
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Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial
Cimetières Militaires ©
Cimetières Militaires
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): examine the collection at Maritime Museum and then examine the collection at Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip builder .

Getting from Caen to Mont-Saint-Michel by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Museums
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Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel ©
Archeoscope du Mont Saint Michel

1
night
Saint-Malo, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Etoile du Roy and then take in the dramatic natural features at Pointe du Decolle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Malo road trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Mont-Saint-Michel to Saint-Malo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Saint-Malo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Brest.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Wildlife Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Cancale, Pointe du Decolle
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Pointe du Grouin ©
Pointe du Grouin
Chemin de Ronde ©
Chemin de Ronde
Pointe du Decolle ©
Pointe du Decolle

1
night
Brest, France

Brest ©
Brest is a city in the Finistère département in Brittany. On the 13th (Wed), examine the collection at Abri Sadi Carnot.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brest vacation tool .

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Brest in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Brest sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vannes.

Things to do in Brest

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Chateau de Kergroadez
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Chateau de Kergroadez ©
Chateau de Kergroadez
Abri Sadi Carnot ©
Abri Sadi Carnot

1
night
Vannes, France

Vannes ©
Founded over 2,000 years ago, Vannes is a vacation harbor town with beaches, shopping, museums, and gardens, as well as interesting medieval city gates and timber-framed houses scattered throughout its Old Town.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take an unorthodox tour of Carnac stones.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Vannes sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Brest to Vannes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Vannes

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carnac stones, La Maison du Cidre
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La Maison du Cidre ©
La Maison du Cidre
Carnac stones ©
Carnac stones

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nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Vannes to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Le Havre.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

American Cemetery & Memorial, Omaha Beach, Musee D-Day Omaha
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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial

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Le Havre, France

Le Havre ©
Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
On the 17th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Leonard, take an in-depth tour of Musee du Vieux Honfleur, then look for all kinds of wild species at Naturospace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame des Flots. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre, see the interesting displays at Musee des Pecheries, and then head outdoors with Cap Fagnet.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Le Havre day trip website .

You can drive from Bayeux to Le Havre in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Le Havre

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Honfleur, Fecamp, Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre
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Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre ©
Ecomusee de la Pomme et du Cidre
Eglise Saint-Leonard ©
Eglise Saint-Leonard
Notre Dame des Flots ©
Notre Dame des Flots

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