12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Orange
— 2 nights
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Cannes
— 3 nights

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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Village abandonné d'Occi and Plage de Calvi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure and Catedral St. Jean Baptiste. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Calvi: Corte (Reserve Naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio & Altipiani). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Punta Spano, pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Morts, kick back and relax at Arinella and Algaio Beach, and make a trip to Pointe De La Revellata.

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San Francisco, USA to Calvi is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Calvi. December in Calvi sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Corte
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Village abandonné d'Occi ©
Village abandonné d'Occi
Punta Spano ©
Punta Spano
Altipiani ©
Altipiani

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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for all kinds of wild species at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at plage de Tamaricciu, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Porto-Vecchio itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Calvi to Porto-Vecchio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Porto-Vecchio, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
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Piscines Naturelles de Cavu ©
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
Scuba & Snorkeling
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu

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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 25th (Wed): snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip maker.

Getting from Porto-Vecchio to Carcassonne by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Porto-Vecchio in December, expect Carcassonne to be a bit cooler, temps between 52°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Orange.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites
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Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Orange

Orange ©
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. On the 26th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magne, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Orange, then explore the ancient world of Forteresse de Mornas, then browse the exhibits of Chateau de Grignan, and finally examine the collection at L'Artisan Nougatier.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Orange travel route builder app.

Drive from Carcassonne to Orange in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Orange are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Orange

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

L'Artisan Nougatier, Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, Forteresse de Mornas, Chateau de Grignan
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Forteresse de Mornas ©
Forteresse de Mornas

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Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Family-friendly places like Lérins Islands and Le Suquet will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La cité médiévale and Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Place Garibaldi (in Nice) and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Orange to Cannes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Orange in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cannes: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Eze, Place Garibaldi, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
Highlights from your plan
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

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