32 days in France Itinerary

32 days in France Itinerary

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32 days in France Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + train:  15​h
1
Rouen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bayeux
— 3 nights
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Corte, Corsica
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
6
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Avignon
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
La Rochelle
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
10
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Vancouver

1
night
Rouen

Rouen ©
Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Fondation Claude Monet, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. On your second day here, get outside with Les Ailes d'Albatre and then wander the streets of Rue du Gros-Horloge.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Rouen is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Rouen

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Les Ailes d'Albatre, Fondation Claude Monet
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Fondation Claude Monet ©
Fondation Claude Monet
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen ©
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to American Cemetery & Memorial and Notre Dame Cathedral. Step out of Bayeux with an excursion to Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, and brush up on your military savvy at Memorial of Caen.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bayeux tour builder .

Traveling by car from Rouen to Bayeux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, American Cemetery & Memorial, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye
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American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial
Notre Dame Cathedral ©
Notre Dame Cathedral
Memorial of Caen ©
Memorial of Caen

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Plage de Palombaggia and Bonifacio Citadel. Go for a jaunt from Bonifacio to Pianottoli-Caldarello to see Plage de San Giovanni about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Giulia Beach, and stroll through Plage de Stagnolu.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bonifacio day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Bayeux to Bonifacio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bayeux in September, things will get a bit warmer in Bonifacio: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Corte.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Porto-Vecchio, Plage de San Giovanni
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Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Plage de San Giovanni ©
Plage de San Giovanni

4
nights
Corte, Corsica

Corte ©
Corte tourism is based on the region's mountainous terrain, ensuring plenty of photo opps and outdoor activities.
Explore hidden gems such as Vallee du Tavignano and Foret de Vizzavona. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corte: Cascades des Anglais (in Vivario) and Ecurie U Baladinu (in Aleria). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Foret d'Aitone, get outside with Lac du Capitello, appreciate the extensive heritage of Gorges du Tavignano, and don't miss a visit to Belvedere Point Panoramique.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Corte trip planner .

Drive from Bonifacio to Corte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. In September, daily temperatures in Corte can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Calvi.

Things to do in Corte

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Corsica, Ecurie U Baladinu, Scala di Santa Regina, Cascades des Anglais
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Ecurie U Baladinu ©
Ecurie U Baladinu
Foret d'Aitone ©
Foret d'Aitone
Lac du Capitello ©
Lac du Capitello

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 Sentier du Facteur. Get out of town with these interesting Calvi side-trips: Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Aregno) and Le Jardin Botanique Frutier d'Avapessa (in Avapessa). The adventure continues: make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Spano, trek along Sentier du Douanier, and head outdoors with Arinella and Algaio Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Calvi trip site .

You can drive from Corte to Calvi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Corsica, Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, Sentier du Facteur, Le Jardin Botanique Frutier d'Avapessa
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Les Calanche Cliffs ©
Les Calanche Cliffs
Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra ©

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palmes Beach in Menton (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, kick back and relax at Eze Sur Mer Strand, and step into the grandiose world of Palais Lascaris.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner .

You can fly from Calvi to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Nice sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Palmes Beach, Eze Sur Mer Strand
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Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art ©

3
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carrieres de Lumieres and Arenes de Nimes. Venture out of the city with trips to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Jardins de la Fontaine (in Nimes). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Avignon visit planner .

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, expect little chillier with lows of 16°C in Avignon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Nimes, Pont du Gard, Roman Theatre of Orange, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
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Pont du Gard ©
Pont du Gard
Jardins de la Fontaine ©
Jardins de la Fontaine
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gouffre de Padirac and Cite Religieuse. Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: La Gourmande (in Payrac) and Pont Valentre (in Cahors). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, browse the eclectic array of goods at Sarlat Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planning website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Avignon to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Avignon in October since evenings lows in Sarlat-la-Caneda dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Gouffre de Padirac, Cite Religieuse, Chateau de Castelnaud, La Gourmande, Pont Valentre
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Vieux Sarlat
Vieux Sarlat
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aquarium La Rochelle and Zoo de la Palmyre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Rochelle: Saint Martin de Re (Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re & Clocher Observatoire) and Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and get outside with La Rochelle Croisiere Haka.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Rochelle day trip planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to La Rochelle by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in La Rochelle, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Zoo de La Palmyre, Phare des Baleines
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Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris trip builder .

Getting from La Rochelle to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Traveling from La Rochelle in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Paris, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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