36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Fly to Marseille, Foot to Aéroport Marseille Provence, Bus to Aix En Provence Tgv, Train to Avignon - Gare TGV, Bus to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Rochelle
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saumur
— 4 nights
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Amiens
— 5 nights
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Reims
— 5 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Escalier du Roi d'Aragon and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get outdoors at Grottes de Bonifacio and Plage du Petit Sperone. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bonifacio: Plage du Lido (in Propriano) and U Maggiu (in Sartene). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Morts de Bonifacio, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix, and get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bonifacio trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Bonifacio is an approximately 28.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Bonifacio to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Calvi.
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Calvi, Corsica — 3 nights

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. Visit Citadelle de Calvi and Catedral St. Jean Baptiste for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Vallée du Fango. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Village abandonné d'Occi, identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, see Off-Road Tours, and don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Calvi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Bonifacio to Calvi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Calvi can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 4 nights

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Get in touch with nature at Gorges de l'Ardeche and Climbing Tours. Museum-lovers will get to explore Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Chateau de Grignan. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Montelimar (Centre d'Art Espace Chabrillan & Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran), La Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage) and Maison Jean Ferrat (in Antraigues-sur-Volane). There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Base Canyon de la Besorgues, Head underground at Caverne du Pont-d'Arc, take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc, and take some stellar pictures from Grotte de la Salamandre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip maker.

Getting from Calvi to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

On the 25th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, and finally contemplate the long history of Château de Biron.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle driving holiday site.

Getting from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 5 nights

White City

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.
Get in touch with nature at Grottes du Regulus and Vieux Port. Discover out-of-the-way places like Phare des Baleines and Le phare de chassiron. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Rochelle: Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron (Eglise Saint-Pierre & Le Port de la Cotiniere), Les Sables-d'Olonne (Le Remblai & Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte) and Château de Talmont (in Talmont Saint Hilaire). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre de Saintes, get great views at Clocher Observatoire, and make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle journey planning tool.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saumur.
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Saumur — 4 nights

Pearl of Anjou

Saumur is a famous historic town known for its locally grown mushrooms and for their production of a number of regional wines and celebrated Combier liqueurs.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee des Blindes and Cave Museum, Village Troglodytique de Rochemenier. Le Cadre Noir and Chateau de Brissac will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saumur: Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry), Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais) and Chateau du Rivau (in Lemere). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Château de l'Islette, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Breze, explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Saumur driving holiday app.

Getting from La Rochelle to Saumur by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from La Rochelle in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saumur, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 3 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pointe du Hoc and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Omaha Beach and Bayeux War Cemetery. Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and see Airborne Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen, and browse the exhibits of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

Make your Bayeux itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Saumur to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Amiens.
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Amiens — 5 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedrale Saint-Pierre and La Coupole. Appreciate the collections at Musee Somme 1916 and Maison de Jules Verne. Get out of town with these interesting Amiens side-trips: Rouen (Room Escape Games, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more), Lochnagar Crater (in Ovillers-la-Boisselle) and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial (in Beaumont-Hamel). On the 12th (Thu), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Le Touquet Beach. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Carriere Wellington, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, don't miss a visit to l'Hotel de Ville de Calais, and admire the natural beauty at Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Amiens trip website.

Getting from Bayeux to Amiens by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Amiens, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Reims.
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Reims — 5 nights

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
Verdun Memorial and Museum of the Surrender will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Champagne Taittinger and Fort Douaumont. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reims: Epernay (Avenue de Champagne & Moet et Chandon), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon (in Laon) and Fort de Vaux (in Damloup). Dedicate the 16th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, admire the striking features of Basilique Saint-Remi, and contemplate the long history of Le Moulin de Verzenay.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Reims trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amiens to Reims takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In October in Reims, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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