17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Calvi, Corsica
— 1 night
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Fly to Nice, Foot to St-Laurent-du-Var, Train to Cannes
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Cannes
— 2 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Calvi, Corsica

Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs, then make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Calvi online itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Calvi is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Brussels in July, things will get a bit warmer in Calvi: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Calvi

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Cannes

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Port Vauban, get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, then head off the coast to Île Sainte-Marguerite, and finally wander the streets of Le Suquet. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Cannes trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Calvi to Cannes by combination of flight and train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. August in Cannes sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Bonifacio, Corsica

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stop by Volubilis, Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Croix, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, then head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi, and finally get outside with Calalonga Plage.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Bonifacio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cannes in August: highs in Bonifacio hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Albi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Albi

Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally snap pictures at Pont Vieux.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Albi trip builder site.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Albi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Bonifacio in August, plan for slightly colder days in Albi, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Sarlat-la-Caneda

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Les Jardins d'Eau and Chateau de Castelnaud. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier) and Rocamadour (Remparts du Chateau, La Foret des Singes, &more). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac, make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip planner.

You can drive from Albi to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

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La Rochelle

White City

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, then make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, and finally take some stellar pictures from Clocher Observatoire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read La Rochelle trip builder site.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, expect nights in La Rochelle to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Perros-Guirec

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
On the 12th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, then trek along Sentier des douaniers, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and finally don't miss a visit to Parc des Sculptures Christian Gad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Ile de Batz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-du-Baly, then contemplate the long history of Abbaye de Beauport, and finally appreciate the history behind Chaire Exterieure.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec trip planner.

Getting from La Rochelle to Perros-Guirec by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from La Rochelle in August, you will find days in Perros-Guirec are little chillier (23°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pointe du Hoc and Airborne Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, take an in-depth tour of Memorial de Caen, and make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux visit planner.

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Bayeux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.