60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Calvi, Corsica
— 8 nights
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Porto, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Ajaccio, Corsica
— 6 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 4 nights
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La Rochelle
— 7 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 7 nights
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Lourdes
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 5 nights
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Nice
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Calvi, Corsica — 8 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. Get some historical perspective at Village abandonné d'Occi and Catedral St. Jean Baptiste. Step off the beaten path and head to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra and Gorges de la Restonica. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Belgodere (Eglise Saint-Thomas & Plage de Lozari), Corte (Citadelle de Corte, Lac de Melo, &more) and Ile Rousse (Couvent Saint-Dominique, Marche Couvert, &more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Plage de Ghjunchitu, don't miss a visit to Arinella and Algaio Beach, stroll through Nonza Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Brisbane, Australia to Calvi is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Calvi. Traveling from Brisbane in July, things will get a bit warmer in Calvi: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Porto.
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Porto, Corsica — 3 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Nature Reserve of Scandola and Vallée du Fango. Relax by the water at Camping d'Arone and Plage de Bussaglia. Step out of Porto to go to Piana and see D81, which is approximately 34 minutes away.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Porto trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Calvi to Porto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Porto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ajaccio.
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Ajaccio, Corsica — 6 nights

With a dreamy location on the west coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a mecca of seaside summer tourism.
Explore hidden gems such as Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Iles Sanguinaires. Visiting A Cupulatta and Plage du Lotu will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ajaccio: Couvent Saint Francois (in Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano), Filitosa (in Sollacaro) and Plage Cupabia (in Coti-Chiavari). And it doesn't end there: trek along Sentier des Douaniers, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Sacre Coeur, see the interesting displays at Maison Bonaparte, and kick back and relax at Agosta Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ajaccio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porto to Ajaccio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 4 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.
Relax by the water at Plage de Rondinara and Plage du Petit Sperone. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio and Bastion de L'Etendard. Change things up with these side-trips from Bonifacio: U Porcu Ranger (in Figari), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Propriano) and Menhirs Paddaghhu (in Sartene). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon, enjoy the sand and surf at La Tonnara Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and stroll through Plage De Roccapina.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bonifacio online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ajaccio to Bonifacio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Bonifacio sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 7 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Phare des Baleines and Le phare de chassiron. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Marche Couvert and Huitres Papin. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Eglise Saint-Pierre (in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron), Amphitheatre de Saintes (in Saintes) and Fort Louvois (in Bourcefranc le Chapus). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Marquis de Vauban, enjoy the sea views from Cordouan Lighthouse Phare de Cordouan, get great views at Clocher Observatoire, and awaken your taste buds at Remy Martin.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle tour builder app.

Getting from Bonifacio to La Rochelle by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in July, expect nights in La Rochelle to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 7 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Beynac and Chateau des Milandes. Get some cultural insight at The Maison Forte de Reignac and Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Commanderie des Templiers (in Figeac), Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets) and Chemin de Halage (in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins d'Eau, look for all kinds of wild species at La Foret des Singes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Hautefort, and steep yourself in history at Roc de Cazelle.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from La Rochelle in July, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.
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Lourdes — 5 nights

Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Cote des Basques and Plage d'Hendaye. Popular historic sites such as Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Château de Pau are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Cauterets (Gaube Lake & Pont d'Espagne), Eglise Saint-Michel (in Viella) and Boulevard des Pyrenees (in Pau). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, examine the collection at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette, stop by Produits Monastiques, and don't miss a visit to Basilique Saint-Pie X.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lourdes day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Lourdes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, expect nights in Lourdes to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Abbaye de Fontfroide and Château de Salses. Explore hidden gems such as Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Narbonne (Cathedrale St-Just & Les Halles de Narbonne) and Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy & Musee Toulouse-Lautrec). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lourdes in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc — 5 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 a sense of the local culture at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Chateau de Grignan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gorges de l'Ardeche and Mt Ventoux. Change things up with these side-trips from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: La Bambouseraie en Cevennes (in Generargues), Caveau des vignerons Grignan-Les-Adhemar (in Grignan) and Nougat Le Glavial (in Montelimar). Next up on the itinerary: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, Head underground at Grotte de la Salamandre, and take in breathtaking views at Base Canyon de la Besorgues.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc journey planning website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 8 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La cité médiévale and Haut de Cagnes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Ville medieval (in Vence), Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin) and Cannes (Le Suquet & Île Sainte-Marguerite). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get outside with Promenade du Paillon.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Nice takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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