13 days in France Itinerary

13 days in France Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Ajaccio-Napoléon Bonaparte Airport, Drive to Porto-Vecchio
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly to Toulouse, Train to Carcassonne Center
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Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Perros-Guirec
— 1 day
Drive
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Saint-Malo
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 2 nights
Fly

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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

— 1 night
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and then make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Porto-Vecchio road trip planning website.

Newark, USA to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 16-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Porto-Vecchio can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Carcassonne Center

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, step into the grandiose world of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Domaine de Baronarques, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Porto-Vecchio to Carcassonne Center in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Porto-Vecchio in August, you will find days in Carcassonne Center are a bit cooler (83°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, and then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac, steep yourself in history at Roc de Cazelle, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and finally make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip website.

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Sarlat-la-Caneda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Carcassonne Center in August since evenings lows in Sarlat-la-Caneda dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec

— 1 day

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
On the 15th (Thu), enjoy the sea views from Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, then enjoy the sights with a stroll at Sentier des douaniers, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Perros-Guirec in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, plan for slightly colder days in Perros-Guirec, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Saint-Malo

— 1 night
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
On the 16th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Samson, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pointe du Grouin, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Malo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 17th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Omaha Beach, then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Paris

— 2 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then wander the streets of Montmartre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Paris sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.