12 days in France Itinerary

12 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Paris
— 1 night
Drive
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Train to Carcassonne Center
3
Carcassonne Center
— 1 day
+3
Train to Marseille St Charles, Bus to Aéroport Marseille Provence, Foot to Marseille, Fly to Calvi
4
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly

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Paris

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Paris. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums

Bayeux

— 2 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour, and finally examine the collection at Musee du debarquement. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bayeux online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Paris to Bayeux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center vacation planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Bayeux to Carcassonne Center in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bayeux in September; daily highs in Carcassonne Center reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Calvi, Corsica

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sun): race across the water with a speed boat tour, don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, and then steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Spano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aregno Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Calvi trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Carcassonne Center to Calvi in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Calvi are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Transportation

Side Trip

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Bonifacio Citadel and Plage de San Giovanni. Take a break from the city and head to Grottes de Bonifacio and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, enjoy the sand and surf at Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, and don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps).

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Calvi to Bonifacio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Bonifacio are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
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.