32 days in Liguria & South of France Itinerary

32 days in Liguria & South of France Itinerary

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32 days in Liguria & South of France Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Cinque Terre, Italy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Nice, France
— 3 nights
3
Bonifacio, France
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + bus + tram + bus:  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
train:  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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Baia dei Saraceni and Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura. Get some cultural insight at San Pietro Church and Museo di Palazzo Reale. Change things up with these side-trips from Cinque Terre: Grotte di Borgio Verezzi (in Borgio Verezzi), Camogli (Abbazia di San Fruttuoso & Oratorio di San Prospero e Santa Caterina) and Chiesa di San Lorenzo della Costa (in San Lorenzo della Costa). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Santa Margherita Ligure, stroll through Cinque Terre Trails, learn about winemaking at Terra di Bargon, and make a trip to Via Garibaldi.

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Newark, USA to Cinque Terre is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Margherita Ligure, Camogli, Genoa, San Pietro Church, Pista Ciclopedonale Levanto - Framura
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Cinque Terre Trails ©
Cinque Terre Trails
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso ©
Abbazia di San Fruttuoso
Via Garibaldi ©
Via Garibaldi

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 some cultural insight at Le Suquet and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. La cité médiévale and Place Garibaldi will appeal to history buffs. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup), Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Castellane). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Cinque Terre in September, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Eze, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Le Suquet, River Rafting & Tubing, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

5
nights
Bonifacio, France

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.
Get some cultural insight at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio and Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena) and Plage De Roccapina. Take a break from Bonifacio with a short trip to Plage de San Giovanni in Pianottoli-Caldarello, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Stagnolu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure, and kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bonifacio travel app .

You can fly from Nice to Bonifacio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plage De Roccapina, Plage de San Giovanni, Plage de Tizzano (de l'Avena)
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Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
La Tonnara Beach ©
La Tonnara Beach

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Phare des Baleines and Fort Louvois. Visiting Plage de Chatelaillon and La Rochelle Croisiere Haka will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont (in Talmont sur Gironde), Rochefort (Association Hermione-La Fayette & Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois) and Saint Martin de Re (Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re & Clocher Observatoire). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, see the interesting displays at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, and contemplate the long history of Tour de la Lanterne.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Rochelle online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Bonifacio to La Rochelle by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bonifacio in September, expect nights in La Rochelle to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Outdoors Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Rochefort, Saint Martin de Re, Fort Louvois, Phare des Baleines, Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont
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Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont ©
Fort Louvois ©
Fort Louvois

5
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Grotte de Massabielle and Basilique Saint-Pie X will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pont d'Espagne and Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees. Change things up with these side-trips from Lourdes: Pau (Château de Pau & Boulevard des Pyrenees), Cirque de Gavarnie (in Gavarnie) and Pic Du Midi (in La Mongie). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, get great views at Lac de Gaube, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and get to know the fascinating history of Maison Paternelle De Sainte Bernadette.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lourdes trip 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. Traveling from La Rochelle in October, Lourdes is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Lourdes

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pau, Cauterets, Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, Pic Du Midi, Cirque de Gavarnie
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Basilique Saint-Pie X ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X
Château de Pau ©
Château de Pau
Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque de Gavarnie

5
nights
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathar Castles and The Royal Castle (Chateau Royal). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau Comtal and Domaine J.Laurens. Venture out of the city with trips to Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne), Chateau la Voulte Gasparets (in Boutenac) and Chateau Saint-Esteve (in Thezan-des-Corbieres). There's much more to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Château de Salses, do a tasting at Domaine Rose et Paul, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Carcassonne Center takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Albi, Domaine J.Laurens, Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, Château de Salses
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Abbaye de Fontfroide
Abbaye de Fontfroide
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Site Archeologique de Glanum and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. Get some cultural insight at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and Porte du Peyrou. Get out of town with these interesting Montpellier side-trips: Gorges de l'Ardeche (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, contemplate the long history of Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and get great views at Tour Carbonniere.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Montpellier trip builder .

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

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Aigues-Mortes, Arles, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Gorges de l'Ardeche, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole ©
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum

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