29 days in South of France & Paris Itinerary

29 days in South of France & Paris Itinerary

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29 days in South of France & Paris Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Bastia, Corsica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h
5
Albi
— 3 nights
6
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
La Rochelle
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
8
Paris
— 8 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Popular historic sites such as Saint-Paul de Vence and Vieille Ville are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Cannes (Marche Forville, La Croisette, & more). It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Palais Lascaris and contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Brisbane, Australia to Nice is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, St-Paul-de-Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Villa Kerylos
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to Pointe De La Revellata, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, get outside with Dans les Yeux de Lucie, then stop by FRAGNU, then make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, and finally steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Gorges du Tavignano, take some stellar pictures from Village abandonné d'Occi, and then make a trip to Phare de la Pietra.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Calvi online attractions planner .

Getting from Nice to Calvi by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In October in Calvi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Bastia.

Things to do in Calvi

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

FRAGNU, Phare de la Pietra, Gorges du Tavignano, Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, Dans les Yeux de Lucie
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Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Dans les Yeux de Lucie ©
Dans les Yeux de Lucie
FRAGNU ©
FRAGNU

3
nights
Bastia, Corsica

Bastia ©
Bastia is a French commune in the Haute-Corse department of France located in the north-east of the island of Corsica at the base of Cap Corse. Let the collections at Conservatoire du Costume du Cap Corse and Parc Galea capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Saint-Michel de Murato and La Tour de Seneque. Get out of town with these interesting Bastia side-trips: Distillery Agricultural Pietracorbara (in Pietracorbara), Couvent Saint-Francois d'Orezza (in Piedicroce) and Ponte Novu (in Castello-di-Rostino). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Torra di Santa Maria Chjapella, pause for some serene contemplation at Bastia Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Le Sanctuaire de Lavasina, Notre Dame des Graces, and take in the awesome beauty at Monte Stello.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bastia journey app .

Traveling by car from Calvi to Bastia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Bastia are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Bastia

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Distillery Agricultural Pietracorbara, Le Sanctuaire de Lavasina, Notre Dame des Graces, La Tour de Seneque, Couvent Saint-Francois d'Orezza, Parc Galea
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Eglise Saint-Michel de Murato ©
Eglise Saint-Michel de Murato
Couvent Saint-Francois d'Orezza ©
Couvent Saint-Francois d'Orezza
Parc Galea ©
Parc Galea

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then stop by A Bitiga, and then contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bonifacio online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Bastia to Bonifacio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bonifacio can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Albi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure ©
Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio ©
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio

3
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile and Village Medieval de Lautrec. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Marche de Caussade. Change things up with these side-trips from Albi: Millau Viaduct (in Millau) and Rodez (Musee Soulages & Musee Fenaille). There's more to do: examine the collection at Musee du Saut du Tarn and wander the streets of Le Quartier Du Castelviel.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Albi journey builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bonifacio to Albi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Albi

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Rodez, Village Medieval de Lautrec, Musee du Saut du Tarn, Viaduc de Millau, Marche de Caussade
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Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Soulages ©
Musee Soulages
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

2
nights
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cave Dwellings, then stop by Les Gourmandises de Lucco, then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): browse the fresh offerings at Cazals Market, examine the collection at Musee Zadkine, then steep yourself in history at Le Chateau de Belves, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle visit planner .

You can drive from Albi to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Albi in October, things will get little chillier in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: highs are around 23°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Belves, Cazals Market, Les Gourmandises de Lucco, Chateau de Beynac, Musee Zadkine
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Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

3
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.
Association Hermione-La Fayette and Musee Monet Et Goyon will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Phare des Baleines and eglise Notre Dame for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Les Tresors de Lisette (in Tonnay-Boutonne), Saint Martin de Re (Clocher Observatoire & Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re) and Eglise St Pierre (in Aulnay). There's more to do: explore the activities along Vieux Port and contemplate the long history of Mines d'Argent des Rois Francs.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle online trip planner .

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in La Rochelle, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Melle, Les Tresors de Lisette, Phare des Baleines, Eglise St Pierre
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Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette
Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire

8
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.
Let the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Champs-Elysees and Palace of Versailles. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Fontainebleau to see Chateau de Fontainebleau about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, take a stroll through Montmartre, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Paris holiday planning app .

Traveling by train from La Rochelle to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from La Rochelle in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Paris, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

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