17 days in South of France Itinerary

17 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 3 nights
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Rocamadour
— 2 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 3 nights
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Argeles-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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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 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at La Tonnara Beach and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bonifacio day trip planning website.

Warsaw, Poland to Bonifacio is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Warsaw in August: highs in Bonifacio hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Calvi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Calvi, Corsica

— 3 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Les Calanche Cliffs and Plage de Ghjunchitu. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nature Reserve of Scandola. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage de Bodri (in Corbara) and Galeria (Vallée du Fango & Galeria Marina). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aregno Beach, make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, delve into the distant past at Village abandonné d'Occi, and identify plant and animal life at Punta Spano.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Calvi trip planner.

You can drive from Bonifacio to Calvi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bonifacio in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Calvi, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

— 3 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.
Visiting Lascaux Caves 4 and Les Grottes de Maxange will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Commarque are in your itinerary. Step out of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil with an excursion to Lascaux II in Montignac--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac, contemplate the long history of Grotte du Grand Roc, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Calvi to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Calvi in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 16°C in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rocamadour.

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

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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.
On the 17th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Animalier de Gramat, stroll through Gouffre de Padirac, then stroll through Rocher des Aigles, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique St-Sauveur. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Cougnac, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Lacave.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rocamadour vacation maker website.

You can drive from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Rocamadour in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Rocamadour are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 3 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotte de la Cocalière and Le Pont d'Arc. Get some cultural insight at Chateau des Roure and Le Museum de l’Ardeche. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Bois de Paiolive (in Les Vans), La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte) and Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Saint Marcel, get outside with Cirque des Gens, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc travel planner.

Getting from Rocamadour to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rocamadour in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Argeles-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Argeles-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. On the 22nd (Sun), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at St-Cyprien Plage, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Jean, then stroll through Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnou. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Sentier du Littoral, walk around Promenade du Front de Mer, don't miss a visit to Fort Saint-Elme, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royale de Collioure, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, and finally take a stroll through Quartier du Moure.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Argeles-sur-Mer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Argeles-sur-Mer takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Argeles-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria' and then step into the grandiose world of Rennes le chateau.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne holiday planner.

You can drive from Argeles-sur-Mer to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Argeles-sur-Mer in August since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips