7 days in France & Ventimiglia Itinerary

7 days in France & Ventimiglia Itinerary

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7 days in France & Ventimiglia Itinerary

Start: Lourdes, France
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Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Ventimiglia, Italy
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Lourdes, France

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Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 4th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, and then don't miss a visit to Casa Natal Bernadette.

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If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major airports are Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport, Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport and Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Lourdes can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums
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Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner .

You can drive from Lourdes to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lourdes in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carcassonne, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine ©
Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

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Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Samena, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally head off the coast to Chateau d'If.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille journey builder app .

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ventimiglia.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

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Ventimiglia, Italy

Ventimiglia ©
Ventimiglia is a city, comune (municipality) and bishopric in Liguria, northern Italy, in the province of Imperia. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville de Vintimille, take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini Botanici Hanbury - Villa Hanbury, then snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio, then make a trip to Dolceacqua, and finally don't miss a visit to Bordighera Alta.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ventimiglia road trip tool .

You can drive from Marseille to Ventimiglia in 3 hours. Traveling from Marseille in August, expect nights in Ventimiglia to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ventimiglia

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ponte Vecchio, Dolceacqua, Bordighera Alta
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Dolceacqua ©
Dolceacqua
Bordighera Alta ©
Bordighera Alta

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