27 days in France Itinerary

27 days in France Itinerary

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27 days in France Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + taxi:  15​h 15​min
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + train:  3​h
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
Carcassonne Center
— 4 nights
+4
train + bus + Fly + bus + train:  6​h
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Amboise
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iles Lavezzi and Plage de Tramulimacchia. Take a break from the city and head to Plage de Palombaggia and Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena). When in Bonifacio, make a side trip to see L' Alivi in Sotta, approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, kick back and relax at Plage de Stagnolu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Giulia Beach, and make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps).

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio trip planning site .

Charlotte, USA to Bonifacio is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Bonifacio, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

L' Alivi, Plage de Palombaggia, Plage de Tramulimacchia, Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena), Santa Giulia Beach
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Plage de Palombaggia ©
Plage de Palombaggia
Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Plage de Stagnolu ©
Plage de Stagnolu

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as La Croisette and Rue d'Antibes are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lérins Islands and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coco Beach, and look for gifts at VinAzur - Vins de provence.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Bonifacio to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in October, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Parks

Side Trips

Cannes, VinAzur - Vins de provence
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La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

3
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Citadelle de Calvi and FRAGNU. Get outdoors at Punta Spano and Aregno Beach. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino), Chez Zia Ro (in Montegrosso) and Dans les Yeux de Lucie (in Feliceto). The adventure continues: trek along Sentier du Facteur, get to know the fascinating history of Gorges du Tavignano, stroll through Sentier du Douanier, and kick back and relax at Arinella and Algaio Beach.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Calvi journey builder site .

Getting from Nice to Calvi by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daytime highs in Calvi are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Calvi

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Corsica, Montegrosso, Sentier du Facteur, Eglise de Sant'Antonino, Dans les Yeux de Lucie
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Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Aregno Beach ©
Aregno Beach
Dans les Yeux de Lucie ©
Dans les Yeux de Lucie

4
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Basilica of Saint-Nazaire. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at l'Atelier des Vignerons and Lunes Atelier d'Art. Explore Carcassonne Center's surroundings by going to Musee Toulouse-Lautrec (in Albi), Eglise Notre Dame d'Alban (in Alban) and La Franqui Beach (in La Franqui). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, appreciate the extensive heritage of Carcassonne Medieval City, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lac de la Raho, and steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carcassonne Center day trip planner .

Getting from Calvi to Carcassonne Center by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Albi, l'Atelier des Vignerons, La Plage du Rouet de La Palme, Lunes Atelier d'Art, Eglise Notre Dame d'Alban
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire ©
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Escape the urban bustle at Omaha Beach and Juno Beach. You'll explore and learn at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Airborne Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Bayeux side-trips: Church of Angoville-Au-Plain (in Angoville-Au-Plain) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Memorial of Caen, pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bayeux online travel route planner .

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Bayeux by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in October, expect Bayeux to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Memorial of Caen, Juno Beach
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel

4
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Chateau de Chambord. Museum-lovers will get to explore Chateau d'Amboise and Chateau de Chenonceau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amboise: Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (in Azay-le-Rideau). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, contemplate the long history of Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Gatien, and do a tasting at Domaine Thierry Cosme.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Amboise trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Amboise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Amboise sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amboise

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau Royal de Blois, Chateau de Chambord, Domaine Thierry Cosme
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Chateau d'Amboise ©
Chateau d'Amboise
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord

4
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.
Visit Champs-Elysees and Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Arc de Triomphe, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and examine the collection at Musee Rodin.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paris online journey builder .

Traveling by train from Amboise to Paris takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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