23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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23 days in France Itinerary

Start: Elazig, Turkey
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Elazig, Turkey

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jardin des Tuileries and 1st Arrondissement. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Île de la Cité, and capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip itinerary planner.

Elazig, Turkey to Paris is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Elazig, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
1st Arrondissement ©
1st Arrondissement
Île de la Cité ©
Île de la Cité

3
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Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Bayeux War Cemetery. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Urville Nacqueville Beach (in Urville-Nacqueville), Chateau des Ravalet (in Tourlaville) and Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Pegasus Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Tatihou Island, don't miss a visit to Reporters Memorial, and stroll the grounds of Cimetières Militaires.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bayeux holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, Ranville, Chateau des Ravalet, Urville Nacqueville Beach, Le Phare de Gatteville
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Juno Beach ©
Juno Beach
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

2
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle St Guirec, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then hike along Sentier des douaniers, then identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at 'Eglise de Saint Jacques. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet, then kick back and relax at Plage Saint-Guirec, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Clarte, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trestraou.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Bayeux to Perros-Guirec in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bayeux in August, you will find days in Perros-Guirec are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet
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Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Plage Saint-Guirec ©
Plage Saint-Guirec
Plage de Trestraou ©
Plage de Trestraou

2
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
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.
On the 9th (Sun), learn about all things military at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, savor the flavors at Marche du Centre Ville, examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, then don't miss a visit to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, and finally stroll around Parc Charruyer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to La Grande Roue, then see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, and finally make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Rochelle journey app.

Drive from Perros-Guirec to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Perros-Guirec in August, expect nights in La Rochelle to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums Parks Spas
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Le Bunker de La Rochelle ©
Le Bunker de La Rochelle
Spas
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

3
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vieux Sarlat and Chateau de Puymartin. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins d'Eau, don't miss a visit to Les Cabanes du Breuil, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and see the interesting displays at Manoir de Gisson.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda route builder website.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from La Rochelle in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat
Les Jardins d'Eau ©
Les Jardins d'Eau
Les Noyeraies du Landers ©
Les Noyeraies du Landers

2
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, then make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

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nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caverne du Pont-d'Arc and Le Pont d'Arc. Step out of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc with an excursion to Village de Mirmande in Mirmande--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, look for gifts at Nougaterie du Pont d'Arc, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and Head underground at Aven Grotte Forestiere.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc online travel planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Village de Mirmande, Aven Grotte Forestiere
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Caverne du Pont-d'Arc ©
Caverne du Pont-d'Arc
Village de Mirmande ©
Village de Mirmande
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Vieille Ville, get your game on at SENSAS Nice, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice route maker.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tourrettes-sur-Loup
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Castel Plage ©
Castel Plage
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup

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