29 days in South of France Itinerary

29 days in South of France Itinerary

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29 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 4 nights
2
Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Cassis
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Arles
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 30​min
5
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Albi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Rocamadour
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
La Rochelle
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: London

4
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Plage du Petit Sperone. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Saint-Cyprien and Tamaricciu Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Bonifacio (Iles Lavezzi, Grottes de Bonifacio, & more) and Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles) (in Zonza). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel.

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London, UK to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Porto-Vecchio is 1 hour. Traveling from London in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Porto-Vecchio: highs are around 36°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Calvi.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles)
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plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone

3
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. Visit Plage de Ghignu and Arinella and Algaio Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Punta Spano will get you outdoors. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Eglise de Sant'Antonino (in Sant'Antonino), Phare de la Pietra (in Ile Rousse) and Eglise de la Nativite de Casamaciolli (in Casamaccioli). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Calvi tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Porto-Vecchio to Calvi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cassis.

Things to do in Calvi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Corsica, Plage de Ghignu, Phare de la Pietra, Eglise de Sant'Antonino, Eglise de la Nativite de Casamaciolli
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Punta Spano ©
Punta Spano
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola
Arinella and Algaio Beach ©
Arinella and Algaio Beach

1
night
Cassis

Cassis ©
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. On the 11th (Sun), take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cassis trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Calvi to Cassis in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Arles.

Things to do in Cassis

Parks Nature
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Port de Cassis ©
Port de Cassis

3
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Espiguette Beach and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). Eglise St-Trophime and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Arles: Aigues-Mortes (Salin d'Aigues-Mortes & Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles trip itinerary app .

You can take a train from Cassis to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Arles are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Aigues-Mortes, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Espiguette Beach, Chateau des Baux de Provence
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Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum

4
nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
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. Step out of the city life by going to Grotte de la Cocalière and Aven Armand. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Chateau d'Allegre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Reserve Bisons d'Europe (in Sainte-Eulalie) and Grotte de la Salamandre (in Mejannes-le-Clap). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, shop like a local with Coucouz'Art, and Head underground at Grotte Chauvet 2 - Ardeche.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Arles to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Aven Armand, Grotte de la Cocalière, Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, Chateau d'Allegre (Potence historique), Grotte de la Salamandre
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Aven Armand ©
Aven Armand
Grotte de la Salamandre ©
Grotte de la Salamandre
Grotte de la Cocalière ©
Grotte de la Cocalière

4
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Cathar Castles and Chateau de Queribus will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Comtal and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Narbonne (Abbaye de Fontfroide & Cathedrale St-Just), Le château Le Château d'Arques (in Arques) and Viaduc de Millau (in Millau). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Château de Salses, explore the historical opulence of The Royal Castle (Chateau Royal), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and make a trip to Cathedrale St-Jean.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne day trip planning site .

Getting from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Carcassonne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Narbonne, Le château Le Château d'Arques, Viaduc de Millau, Chateau de Peyrepertuse, The Royal Castle (Chateau Royal)
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Chateau de Queribus ©
Chateau de Queribus
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cathedrale St-Jean ©
Cathedrale St-Jean

1
night
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Michel, wander the streets of Place du Vigan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, snap pictures at Pont Vieux, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Albi trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Abbaye Saint-Michel
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Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Les Jardins de la Berbie ©
Les Jardins de la Berbie
Abbaye Saint-Michel ©
Abbaye Saint-Michel

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Rocamadour

Rocamadour ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grotte du Pech-Merle and La Foret des Singes. Chateau de Cenevieres and Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocamadour: Eglise Notre-Dame ux Neiges (in Aurillac) and Conques (Abbatiale Sainte-Foy de Conques & Village de Conques). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Verrerie du Quercy and steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rocamadour trip planner .

You can drive from Albi to Rocamadour in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Rocamadour can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Conques, Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie, Chateau de Cenevieres, Eglise Notre-Dame ux Neiges, Grotte du Pech-Merle
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L'Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy ©
L'Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy
Village de Conques ©
Village de Conques
Chateau de Cenevieres ©
Chateau de Cenevieres

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Château de Talmont and Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte. Do some cultural sightseeing at Clocher Observatoire and Le phare de chassiron. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines), Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re (in Saint Martin de Re) and Dolmen de la Frebouchere (in Le Bernard). Pack the 29th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Le Grand Defi. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plage de Sauveterre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Conches, contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, and learn more about the world around you at Reserve Naturelle Michel Brosselin.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rocamadour to La Rochelle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. While traveling from Rocamadour, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in La Rochelle, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Sables-d'Olonne, Saint Martin de Re, Le phare de chassiron, Plage, Parc Floral et Tropical de la Court d'Aron
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Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire
Plage des Conches ©
Plage des Conches
Château de Talmont ©
Château de Talmont

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