24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

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24 days in France Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Bordeaux
— 8 nights
Train:  3​h
2
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Roussillon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Vence
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

8
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Rochelle (Towers of La Rochelle, Aquarium La Rochelle, & more), Dune du Pilat (in La Teste-de-Buch) and Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort). Dedicate the 15th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and get great views at Rocher de la Vierge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux visit site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Bordeaux is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Bordeaux, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Bordeaux, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

La Rochelle, Biarritz, Association Hermione-La Fayette, Dune du Pilat
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Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse
The Water Mirror ©
The Water Mirror
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat

3
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 23rd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, then don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip planner.

Take a train from Bordeaux to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Roussillon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trip

Reserve Africaine de Sigean
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

3
nights
Roussillon

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Roussillon: Fromagerie Les Pampilles (in Alixan), Room Escape Games (in Valence) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Roussillon road trip tool .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Roussillon in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Carcassonne in October, with highs in Roussillon at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vence.

Things to do in Roussillon

Fun & Games Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Cornas, Room Escape Games, Cite du Chocolat Valrhona, Fromagerie Les Pampilles, Only Paintball
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Room Escape Games
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Chapelle Saint-Vincent. ©
Chapelle Saint-Vincent.

7
nights
Vence

Vence is a commune set in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France between Nice and Antibes.Ecclesiastical historyThe first known Bishop of Vence is Severus, bishop in 439 and perhaps as early as 419.Among others are: St. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vence: River Rafting & Tubing (in Castellane), Lac De Sainte Croix (in Aiguines) and Musee du Parfum Fragonard (in Grasse). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, get outside with Destination Nature, trek along Massif du Tanneron, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vence planner .

Traveling by car from Roussillon to Vence takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Roussillon in October, things will get a bit warmer in Vence: highs are around 24°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vence

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cagnes-sur-Mer, St-Paul-de-Vence, Biot, Baou de la Gaude, La Bastide aux Violettes
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River Rafting & Tubing
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Chapelle du Rosaire ©
Chapelle du Rosaire

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