8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly
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Nice
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 1 night
Drive
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Perpignan
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica

— 1 night
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.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then steep yourself in history at Bastion de L'Etendard, and finally stroll through Plage De Roccapina. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, kick back and relax at La Tonnara Beach, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bonifacio online trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Bonifacio is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Bonifacio at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Nice

— 2 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, wander the streets of Le Suquet, and then take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nice journey app.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in September, expect nights in Nice to be a bit warmer, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Arles

— 1 night

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles tour builder website.

You can drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Arles when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Perpignan.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Perpignan

— 1 night
Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royale de Collioure, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, take a stroll through Quartier du Moure, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St-Jean, and finally contemplate the long history of Château de Salses.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Perpignan trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Arles to Perpignan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Perpignan sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Perpignan

Historic Sites · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne travel route planner.

Drive from Perpignan to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Perpignan in September, Carcassonne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

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