14 days in France & Escaldes-Engordany Itinerary

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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Montpellier, France
— 4 nights
Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
— 3 nights
Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
Vezelay, France
— 1 night


Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): soak in style at Hammam et Traditions, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Protestante Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune, and finally get a dose of the wild on VinoVarlot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul, hike along Cascade du Hohwald, explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, then do a tasting at Cave Bucher Jean Luc, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville de Turckheim.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip planner.

Pilsen, Czech Republic to Strasbourg is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Montpellier.
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Montpellier, France — 4 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale St. Pierre and Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons are in your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Plage du Grand Travers and Sunset Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Montpellier: Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon (in Villeneuve-les-Avignon) and Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Chateau La Nerthe, Vignobles Mayard, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Maguelone, contemplate the long history of Aqueduct de Castries, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and admire the natural beauty at Chateau de Flaugergues.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Montpellier trip builder tool.

Getting from Strasbourg to Montpellier by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Strasbourg in September; daily highs in Montpellier reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Escaldes-Engordany.
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Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra — 3 nights

Boasting a host of hot springs and just a stone's throw away from the capital, Les Escalades is a popular choice for those who want some rest and relaxation after hitting the slopes or the stores.
Sant Pere Martir Church and Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Circuito De Les Fonts and Esglesia de Sant Miquel d'Engolasters. Step out of Escaldes-Engordany with an excursion to Cabana Sorda Lake Trail in Incles--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Via Ferrata Roc d’Esquers, get outside with Canya de la Rabassa-Pla de Sorteny Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sant Marti de La Cortinada, and identify plant and animal life at Rec de l'Obac.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Escaldes-Engordany attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Escaldes-Engordany takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monument aux Girondins and La Fleche Saint-Michel. Chateau Pape Clement and Port de la Lune will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau La Croizille (in Saint-Laurent-des-Combes), Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc) and Saint-Emilion (Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Porte Cailhau, explore the historical opulence of Chateau du Taillan, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and stroll around Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau).

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Escaldes-Engordany to Bordeaux takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. In September in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vezelay.
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Vezelay, France — 1 night

Vézelay is a commune in the Yonne department in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in north-central France. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Hilaire, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bazoches, then see the interesting displays at Musee Zervos, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de Saint-Pere, and finally do a tasting at Domaine La Croix Montjoie.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vezelay online driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Bordeaux to Vezelay in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bordeaux in September; daily highs in Vezelay reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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France travel guide

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.