18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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Nice
— 1 night
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Train to Carcassonne Center
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Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocamadour
— 3 nights
Drive
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Amboise
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
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Nice

— 1 night

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.
On the 30th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Juan les Pins Main Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos and then stroll through Paloma Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nice sightseeing tool.

London, UK to Nice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Nice is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Nice reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Tonnara Beach, and then see Pirate Adventure Corsica. Keep things going the next day: stop by KOCOTTE, don't miss a visit to Ancien Ermitage de la Trinite, then don't miss a visit to Phare de Pertusato, and finally stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Bonifacio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in July, expect nights in Bonifacio to be little chillier, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

— 3 nights
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. You've now added Dive Center Hippocampe to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with Dive Center Hippocampe, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage De Roccapina, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Lotu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Porto-Vecchio attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bonifacio to Porto-Vecchio takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 2 nights
You've now added Musee De L'ecole to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mirepoix Cathedral, make a trip to Mirepoix, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Saissac, and finally see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent, then pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, then stop by Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center online travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Porto-Vecchio to Carcassonne Center takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Porto-Vecchio in August: highs in Carcassonne Center hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Rocamadour

— 3 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Maison Forte de Reignac and Chateau de Commarque. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rocher des Aigles and Rocamadour Aventure. Change things up with a short trip to Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne in Salignac-Eyvigues (about 58 minutes away). It doesn't end there: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Parc Durandal and Head underground at Grottes de Lacave.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rocamadour visit app.

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Rocamadour in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 16°C in Rocamadour. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Amboise

— 2 nights
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, step into the grandiose world of La Forteresse de Montbazon, and then look for gifts at La Balade des Fromages.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Amboise trip planner.

You can drive from Rocamadour to Amboise in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. While traveling from Rocamadour, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Amboise, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach and Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant. Relax by the water at Ouistreham Beach and Omaha Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayeux: Le Phare de Gatteville (in Gatteville-le-Phare) and D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, deepen your understanding at Maisy Battery, and get engrossed in the history at Musée de Normandie.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Amboise to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.