23 days in France Itinerary

23 days in France Itinerary

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Train to Heuston, Fly to La Rochelle
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 3 nights
Fly
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 4 nights
Fly to Munich, Train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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La Rochelle

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Bunker de La Rochelle and Towers of La Rochelle. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stroll around Parc Charruyer, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Sur-les-Murs.

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Galway, Ireland to La Rochelle is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Galway to La Rochelle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Galway in August, expect La Rochelle to be a bit warmer, temps between 75°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

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Sarlat-la-Caneda

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vieux Sarlat and Grottes de Lacave. Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Rocamadour (Cite Religieuse & La Foret des Singes). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Exotique, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning app.

Drive from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from La Rochelle, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

3
nights
Nice

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Massif de l'Esterel and Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and visit Vieille Ville.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nice road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Nice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

3
nights
Calvi, Corsica

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Citadelle de Calvi and Nature Reserve of Scandola. Step out of Calvi with an excursion to Phare de la Pietra in Ile Rousse--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and do sightseeing your way with Private Tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Calvi trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Calvi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Calvi can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Transportation

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

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Bonifacio, Corsica

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 25th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, and then steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, and finally kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio trip maker.

You can drive from Calvi to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Calvi in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 61°F in Bonifacio. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

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Bayeux

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Memorial de Caen. Venture out of the city with trips to Airborne Museum (in Sainte-Mere-Eglise) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux trip planner.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Bayeux in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bonifacio in August; daily highs in Bayeux reach 73°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

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Paris

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jardin des Tuileries and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Cathédrale Saint-Étienne d'Auxerre (in Auxerre). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:

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.