11 days in France & Folkestone Itinerary

11 days in France & Folkestone Itinerary

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11 days in France & Folkestone Itinerary

Start: Caerphilly, United Kingdom
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Folkestone, United Kingdom
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Lille, France
— 1 night
3
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Bordeaux, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Dol-de-Bretagne, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Caen, France
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Caerphilly, United Kingdom

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Folkestone, United Kingdom

Folkestone ©
Folkestone is a port town on the English Channel, in Kent, south-east England. On the 4th (Thu), make a trip to Eurotunnel Le Shuttle.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Folkestone journey planner.

Caerphilly to Folkestone is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. June in Folkestone sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Lille.
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Eurotunnel Le Shuttle ©
Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

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Lille, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): wander the streets of Vieux-Lille, don't miss a visit to Grande Place, then admire the striking features of Old Stock Exchange, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lille online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Folkestone to Lille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Lille can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Lille

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille ©
Grande Place ©
Grande Place

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Paris, France

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and finally explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris trip app .

You can take a train from Lille to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe

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Bordeaux, France

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.
On the 9th (Tue), don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, look for gifts at Chocolaterie Bordeaux Maison Darricau depuis 1915 and then explore the striking landscape at Dune du Pilat.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux attractions planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Dol-de-Bretagne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Dune du Pilat
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Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror

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Dol-de-Bretagne, France

Dol-de-Bretagne ©
Dol-de-Bretagne, cited in most historical records under its Breton name of Dol, is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine département in Brittany in northwestern France.HistoryIn 549, the Welsh Saint Teilo was documented as coming to Dol where he joined Samson of Dol and to this very day the fruit groves which they planted remain and are known as the groves of Teilo and Samson. Change things up with these side-trips from Dol-de-Bretagne: Chateau de Fougeres (in Fougeres), Mont-Saint-Michel (Mont Saint-Michel & La Grande Rue) and Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel (in Genets). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de Champrepus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, and examine the collection at Cathedraloscope.

Before you visit Dol-de-Bretagne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Dol-de-Bretagne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bordeaux in June: high temperatures in Dol-de-Bretagne hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Caen.

Things to do in Dol-de-Bretagne

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Chateau de Fougeres, Zoo de Champrepus, Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel ©
Zoo de Champrepus ©
Zoo de Champrepus

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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 14th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Memorial de Caen and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Caen tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Dol-de-Bretagne to Caen takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Caen

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bayeux War Cemetery
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Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

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