17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 30​min
2
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Lourdes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Azay-le-Rideau
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Bayeux
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Paris
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Newark

1
night
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Tamaricciu Beach, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto-Vecchio day trip app .

Newark, USA to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Porto-Vecchio due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Porto-Vecchio can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bonifacio
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Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone

2
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, then explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally make a trip to Pont d'Avignon.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Porto-Vecchio to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Wineries Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Distillerie A. Blachere, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent's Church.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne road trip app .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

La cité médiévale, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

2
nights
Lourdes

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of SARL DU SANCTUAIRE, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crypte de la Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception., take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and finally steep yourself in history at Le Cachot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Le Petit Lourdes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuaire Notre-Dame, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Mauvezin.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lourdes road trip app .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Lourdes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Carcassonne in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lourdes: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Chateau de Mauvezin
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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes
Chateau de Mauvezin ©
Chateau de Mauvezin

3
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Château de Biron and Chateau de Castelnaud. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau des Milandes and Cave Dwellings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Les Murmures de Saint Avit (in Saint-Avit-Senieur), Notre-Dame de Peyragude (in Penne d'Agenais) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdosb, don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, and contemplate the long history of Grotte du Grand Roc.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Lourdes to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Murmures de Saint Avit, Chateau de Beynac, Cite Religieuse, Notre-Dame de Peyragude
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Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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night
Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau ©
As the center of the Touraine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Loire Valley, Azay-le-Rideau produces dry, white wines and red wines rich in tannins.
On the 7th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau de Villandry, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then stop by La Savonnerie du Zebre, and finally don't miss a visit to Château de l'Islette.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Azay-le-Rideau trip maker site .

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Azay-le-Rideau in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August: highs in Azay-le-Rideau hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Chateau de Villandry
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Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau ©
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

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.
On the 8th (Thu), admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, then stroll through Omaha Beach, and finally learn about all things military at Musee D-Day Omaha. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Reporters Memorial, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Patrice de Bayeux, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux day trip website .

Drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Bayeux can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

American Cemetery & Memorial, Musee D-Day Omaha, Omaha Beach
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
American Cemetery & Memorial ©
American Cemetery & Memorial

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, then steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, then appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning tool .

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

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