25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

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25 days in France Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Albi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Bayeux
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
9
Paris
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage Porto Novo and Tamaricciu Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Grottes de Bonifacio. Venture out of the city with trips to Piscines Naturelles de Cavu (in Sainte Lucie De Porto Vecchio) and Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps) (in Bonifacio). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel, stop by L' Alivi, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Porto-Vecchio trip itinerary site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cape Town in June, with highs in Porto-Vecchio at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Calvi.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bonifacio, L' Alivi, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
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Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a memorable drive along Dans les Yeux de Lucie, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Bodri, then kick back and relax at Punta Spano, and finally steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Arinella and Algaio Beach, then kick back and relax at Aregno Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Calvi holiday planner .

You can drive from Porto-Vecchio to Calvi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Calvi are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Aregno, Plage de Bodri, Dans les Yeux de Lucie
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Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aregno Beach ©
Aregno Beach

2
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, kick back and relax at Coco Beach, and then wander the streets of Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through La Croisette, get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Calvi to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June in Nice, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence, La Croisette
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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nights
Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Bormes-Les-Mimosas ©
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. On the 27th (Thu), kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, then stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La plage. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Plage de Cabasson and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bormes-Les-Mimosas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nice to Bormes-Les-Mimosas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in June since evenings lows in Bormes-Les-Mimosas dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc
Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage d'Aiguebelle ©
Plage d'Aiguebelle

3
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne and Cathar Castles will appeal to history buffs. Visit La Franqui Beach and La Plagette for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne Center: Source Salee de la Sals (in Sougraigne), Chateau de Puilaurens (in Lapradelle-Puilaurens) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center trip maker .

You can drive from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Carcassonne Center in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

La cité médiévale, Source Salee de la Sals, Château de Salses, La Franqui Beach, La Plagette
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

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nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 2nd (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then step into the grandiose world of Forteresse de Najac, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Tour chateau Castelnau de Levis, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, then explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du Saut du Tarn.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Albi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Albi are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Tour chateau Castelnau de Levis, Musee du Saut du Tarn, Forteresse de Najac
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Forteresse de Najac ©
Forteresse de Najac
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

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nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
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 4th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette, enjoy the sea views from Phare des Baleines, and then explore the activities along Vieux Port. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes, then get to know the fascinating history of Embarcadere de l'Abbaye, and then kick back and relax at Plage de la Pointe Espagnole.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Rochelle trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Albi to La Rochelle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Albi in July, plan for slightly colder days in La Rochelle, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plage de la Pointe Espagnole, Association Hermione-La Fayette, Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes, Embarcadere de l'Abbaye, Phare des Baleines
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Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Vieux Port
Vieux Port

3
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Let the collections at Airborne Museum and Memorial de Caen capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Omaha Beach and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Change things up with a short trip to Church of Angoville-Au-Plain in Angoville-Au-Plain (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, explore the different monuments and memorials at American Cemetery & Memorial, and take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Bayeux trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Rochelle to Bayeux in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bayeux when traveling from La Rochelle in July, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, Memorial de Caen, Airborne Museum
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Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

4
nights
Paris

Paris ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Chateau de Fontainebleau and Louvre Museum. Visit Champs-Elysees and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre for their historical value. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris journey planner .

Take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum

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