32 days in Liguria & South of France Itinerary

32 days in Liguria & South of France Itinerary

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Start: Newark, United States
Fly + Drive:  15 h 15 min
1
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Bonifacio, France
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
La Rochelle, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Lourdes, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Carcassonne Center, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Montpellier, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Newark, United States

3
nights
Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre ©
Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Popular historic sites such as Abbazia di San Fruttuoso and Cinque Terre Trails are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Santa Margherita Ligure and Oratorio di San Prospero e Santa Caterina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cinque Terre: Grotte di Borgio Verezzi (in Borgio Verezzi), Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura (in Levanto) and Baia dei Saraceni (in Varigotti). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo della Costa, take an in-depth tour of Museo di Palazzo Reale, learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargon, and get to know the fascinating history of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre tour itinerary planning tool.

Newark, USA to Cinque Terre is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In September in Cinque Terre, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Margherita Ligure, Genoa, Camogli, San Pietro Church, Grotte di Borgio Verezzi
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Grotte di Borgio Verezzi ©
Grotte di Borgio Verezzi
Chiesa di San Lorenzo della Costa ©
Chiesa di San Lorenzo della Costa

3
nights
Nice, France

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tourrettes-sur-Loup and La cité médiévale. Your inner history buff will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Suquet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Castellane). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Cinque Terre in September, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Eze, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Le Suquet
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

5
nights
Bonifacio, France

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.
Relax by the water at Plage De Roccapina and Plage de San Giovanni. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Change things up with a short trip to Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena) in Tizzano (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Tonnara Beach, don't miss a visit to Phare de Pertusato, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bonifacio driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in September, you will find days in Bonifacio are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are little chillier (58°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plage De Roccapina, Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena), Plage de San Giovanni
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
La Tonnara Beach ©
La Tonnara Beach
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio ©
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio

3
nights
La Rochelle, France

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.
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Clocher Observatoire will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois and Fort Louvois. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort), Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines) and Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re (in Saint Martin de Re). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, get outside with La Rochelle Croisiere Haka, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Chatelaillon.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Bonifacio to La Rochelle takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bonifacio in September: highs in La Rochelle hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rochefort, Saint Martin de Re, Phare des Baleines, Plage de Chatelaillon, Fort Louvois
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
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Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont ©
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont
Fort Louvois ©
Fort Louvois
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois ©
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois

5
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilique Saint-Pie X and Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire and Grotte de Massabielle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lourdes: Pic Du Midi (in La Mongie), Pau (Château de Pau & Boulevard des Pyrenees) and Cirque de Gavarnie (in Gavarnie). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crypte de la Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception., take in the awesome beauty at Pont d'Espagne, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, and steep yourself in history at Moulin Lacade - Maison Paternelle de Sainte Bernadette.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lourdes visit planner.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Lourdes takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Lourdes when traveling from La Rochelle in October, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Lourdes

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cauterets, Pau, Pic Du Midi, Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, Cirque de Gavarnie
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Basilique Saint-Pie X ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception
Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire ©
Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire

5
nights
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Get some historical perspective at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy and Château de Salses. Get some cultural insight at Cathar Castles and Domaine J.Laurens. Explore Carcassonne Center's surroundings by going to Chateau la Voulte Gasparets (in Boutenac), Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne) and Chateau Saint-Esteve (in Thezan-des-Corbieres).

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center road trip planning site.

You can drive from Lourdes to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Albi, Chateau Royale de Collioure, Chateau la Voulte Gasparets, Abbaye de Fontfroide
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy

5
nights
Montpellier, France

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Get some historical perspective at Eglise St-Trophime and Porte du Peyrou. Tour Carbonniere and Salin d'Aigues-Mortes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Montpellier side-trips: Gorges de l'Ardeche (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc), Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole & Site Archeologique de Glanum) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Montpellier planning site.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aigues-Mortes, Arles, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Gorges de l'Ardeche, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
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Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime
Porte du Peyrou ©
Porte du Peyrou
Tour Carbonniere ©
Tour Carbonniere

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