17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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Fly to Bergerac-Roumanière Airport, Drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
Drive
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Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly
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Bayeux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Paris
— 3 nights
Fly

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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

— 2 nights

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Beynac and Chateau des Milandes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Maison Forte de Reignac and Château de Biron. Go for a jaunt from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Saint-Front-sur-Lemance to see Chateau de Bonaguil about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Roc de Cazelle, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, make a trip to Chateau de Commarque, and walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

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Exeter, UK to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Exeter to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Rocamadour

— 2 nights

Balcony of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, and then contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle, and then Head underground at Gouffre de Padirac.

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Traveling by car from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Rocamadour takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Rocamadour, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Clermont-Ferrand

— 2 nights

France's Liverpool

Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Murol, head outdoors with Lac Pavin, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, see the interesting displays at L'Aventure Michelin, then don't miss a visit to Chateau de Tournoel, and finally identify plant and animal life at Volcano Park of Lemptegy.

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You can drive from Rocamadour to Clermont-Ferrand in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Clermont-Ferrand are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

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 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne.

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Traveling by car from Clermont-Ferrand to Carcassonne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront activity at Galeria Marina, identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs, and finally don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Calvi trip planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Calvi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. August in Calvi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 1 night
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): stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone, take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bonifacio holiday planner.

You can drive from Calvi to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Bayeux

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Let the collections at Airborne Museum and Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame and Musee du debarquement. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum) (in Saint-Come-du-Mont) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, kick back and relax at Omaha Beach, and make a trip to Cimetiere Militaire Allemand de La Cambe.

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Getting from Bonifacio to Bayeux by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in September, expect Bayeux to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Paris

— 3 nights

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.
Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Louvre Museum and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, examine the collection at Musee Rodin, and explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

France travel guide

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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.