6 days in France Itinerary
6 days in France Itinerary
Fly to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Drive to Bonifacio
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Sun, Aug 28 - Fri, Sep 2
Bonifacio, Corsica — 2 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.Discover out-of-the-way places like Escalier du Roi d'Aragon and Grottes de Bonifacio. Escape the urban bustle at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Plage du Petit Sperone. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina, and head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi.
To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bonifacio online visit planner.
Washington, USA to Bonifacio is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in August, expect nights in Bonifacio to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux — 1 night
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and finally stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.
To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bayeux tour itinerary planner.
Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Bayeux takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in August, things will get slightly colder in Bayeux: highs are around 73°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 1 night
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.On the 2nd (Fri), explore the activities along Vieux Port.
To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle travel planning tool.
Drive from Bayeux to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In September in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.
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Highlights from your trip
France travel guide
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.