10 days in France Itinerary

10 days in France Itinerary

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10 days in France Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  15 h
1
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
2
Colmar
— 1 night
+3
Train + Subway + Foot + Train:  6 h
3
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
5
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Mumbai

1
night
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
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 2nd (Thu): head off the coast to Iles Lavezzi, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, then steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bonifacio driving holiday planner.

Mumbai, India to Bonifacio is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in July, Bonifacio is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

1
night
Colmar

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through NaturoparC - Hunawihr, don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Colmar tour planner.

Getting from Bonifacio to Colmar by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in July, things will get slightly colder in Colmar: highs are around 30°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Colmar

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

NaturoparC - Hunawihr, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim
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NaturoparC - Hunawihr ©
NaturoparC - Hunawihr
Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Vieille ville d'Eguisheim ©
Vieille ville d'Eguisheim

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, then see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, take in the history at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then learn about all things military at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), then steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bayeux route website.

Traveling by train from Colmar to Bayeux takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Colmar in July: highs in Bayeux hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Omaha Beach, Airborne Museum, Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe, Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer
Highlights from your plan
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, learn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle, kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, then brush up on your military savvy at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle travel route planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to La Rochelle in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bayeux in July since evenings lows in La Rochelle dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Plage de Chatelaillon
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Chatelaillon ©
Plage de Chatelaillon
Le Bunker de La Rochelle ©
Le Bunker de La Rochelle
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle ©
Musee Maritime de La Rochelle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Chevalerie, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne day trip app.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from La Rochelle in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Musee de la Chevalerie
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally browse the exhibits of Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally admire the striking features of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence driving holiday app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arles, Marseille, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Calanques
Highlights from your plan
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence

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