22 days in France Itinerary

22 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France journey planner

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Albi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Perros-Guirec
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Amiens
— 3 nights
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Albi

— 4 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Jardins de la Berbie and Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: Viaduc de Millau (in Millau), Rodez (Musee Soulages Rodez & Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez) and Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie (in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle, admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint-Michel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Albi journey app.

Manchester, UK to Albi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Albi is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in May: highs in Albi hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) and La Porte Auguste. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Site Archeologique de Glanum and Eglise St-Trophime. Venture out of the city with trips to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Aigues-Mortes (Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes & Salin d'Aigues-Mortes). There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

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Traveling by car from Albi to Arles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Sun), kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone and then step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bonifacio online holiday builder.

You can fly from Arles to Bonifacio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Bonifacio are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Calvi.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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. On the 12th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure, and finally steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Sant'Antonino, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise de l'Assomption.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Calvi visit site.

You can drive from Bonifacio to Calvi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Calvi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Calvi

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec

— 4 nights

Coast of Pink Granite

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort La Latte and chateau de Kergrist. Cap Fréhel and Le Couvent des Cordeliers will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Perros-Guirec: Pointe du Grouin (in Cancale), Cathedrale Saint-Etienne (in Saint-Brieuc) and Ville Close de Concarneau (in Concarneau). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, stroll through Sentier des douaniers, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Sillon.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec road trip site.

You can fly from Calvi to Perros-Guirec in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Calvi in May, things will get a bit cooler in Perros-Guirec: highs are around 17°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region in northwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Omaha Beach. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer trip planning app.

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amiens.

Things to do in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Amiens

— 3 nights

City of Canals

Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lochnagar Crater and Abbeville Communal Cemetery. Get outdoors at Parc du Marquenterre and Le Touquet Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amiens: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon (in Laon) and Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amiens day trip planning app.

Drive from Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer to Amiens in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Amiens are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.