24 days in France Itinerary

24 days in France Itinerary

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24 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  28 h
1
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  9 h 15 min
2
Perros-Guirec
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Sainte-Mere-Eglise
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Azay-le-Rideau
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Lourdes
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
7
Gordes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Arles
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like plage de Tamaricciu and Gorges de la Restonica. Venture out of the city with trips to Cascades de Purcaraccia (in Quenza), Gorges of the Solenzara River (in Sari-Solenzara) and Bonifacio (Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio & Plage du Grand Sperone). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Plage de Saint-Cyprien, get outside with Watersports Center La Chiappa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Jean Baptiste, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Carataggio.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Porto-Vecchio online route maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Porto-Vecchio is minus 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Porto-Vecchio hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Gorges de la Restonica, Cascades de Purcaraccia, Gorges of the Solenzara River
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gorges de la Restonica ©
Gorges de la Restonica

2
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Popular historic sites such as Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h and Chateau de Kerjean are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Le Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture and Maison a Pondalez. Change things up with these side-trips from Perros-Guirec: Enclos paroissial de Lampaul-Guimiliau (in Lampaul-Guimiliau), Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau (in Guimiliau) and Le Tour de la Pointe de Locquirec (in Locquirec). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cote de Granit Rose, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Trestrignel, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle St Guirec, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier de L'ile Renote.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Perros-Guirec road trip tool .

Getting from Porto-Vecchio to Perros-Guirec by combination of flight and train takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Porto-Vecchio in September, with highs in Perros-Guirec at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau de Kerjean, Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, Abbey Bon Repos, Le Fonds Helene & Edouard Leclerc pour la Culture, Sentier de L'ile Renote
Highlights from your plan
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Cote de Granit Rose ©
Cote de Granit Rose
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles

2
nights
Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Sainte-Mere-Eglise ©
Sainte-Mère-Église is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France. On the 11th (Fri), snap pictures at La Fiere Bridge and Iron Mike Monument, examine the collection at Airborne Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, then witness the site of a historic battle at Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, and finally steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Coutances, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Gratot, explore the different monuments and memorials at German War Cemetery Marigny, examine the collection at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, then examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, and finally examine the collection at Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sainte-Mere-Eglise online travel planner .

Getting from Perros-Guirec to Sainte-Mere-Eglise by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Sainte-Mere-Eglise are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Coutances, German War Cemetery Marigny, Bayeux War Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Airborne Museum ©
Airborne Museum
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stop by La Savonnerie du Zebre, contemplate the long history of La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres, explore the historical opulence of Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, then examine the collection at Maison Lansyer, and finally step into the grandiose world of Le Donjon de La Cite Royale de Loches. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at La Magnanerie, examine the collection at Chateau de Chenonceau, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Symphorien, and finally step into the grandiose world of Château de l'Islette.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Azay-le-Rideau trip website .

Traveling by car from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Azay-le-Rideau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Sainte-Mere-Eglise in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Azay-le-Rideau: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Loches, Les Balcons de l'Indrois, Musee Balzac - Chateau de Sache, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau de Villandry
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette
La Magnanerie ©
La Magnanerie

3
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Visiting Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines and Vieux Port will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Abbaye de Maillezais are in your itinerary. Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to Amphitheatre de Saintes (in Saintes), Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois (in Rochefort) and Embarcadere de l'Abbaye (in Maillezais). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Le Bunker de La Rochelle, examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and stroll around Parc Charruyer.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Azay-le-Rideau to La Rochelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Maillezais, Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines, Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise, Mines d'Argent des Rois Francs
Highlights from your plan
Le Bunker de La Rochelle ©
Le Bunker de La Rochelle
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois ©
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont ©
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont

2
nights
Lourdes

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): examine the collection at Musee de la Medaille Miraculeuse, contemplate the long history of Le Cachot, examine the collection at Musée de Cire, see the interesting displays at Musee du Gemmail, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre D'Esparros, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, then explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and finally take an in-depth tour of Le Petit Lourdes.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Lourdes trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from La Rochelle to Lourdes in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Lourdes sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gordes.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Gouffre D'Esparros, Les Aigles d'Aure - Volerie des Pyrenees
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Saint-Pie X ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X
Chateau Fort of Lourdes ©
Chateau Fort of Lourdes
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©

2
nights
Gordes

Gordes ©
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 20th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, get engrossed in the history at Gordes Castle, explore the ancient world of Village des Bories, then hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then don't miss a visit to Le Sentier Des Ocres De Roussillon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Caves du Palais Saint Firmin, hike along Parcours de L'Art, explore the galleries of Musee du Petit Palais, head off the coast to Ile de la Barthelasse, then contemplate the long history of Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gordes vacation planner .

You can drive from Lourdes to Gordes in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Gordes

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon, Roman Theatre of Orange, Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Musee du Petit Palais ©
Musee du Petit Palais

2
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Vincent.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Arles attractions planning app .

You can drive from Gordes to Arles in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Aigues-Mortes, Golf de Servanes, Musee de la Romanite
Highlights from your plan
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Chateau de Tarascon ©
Chateau de Tarascon

3
nights
Calvi, Corsica

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 24th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Sant'Antonino, explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi, then get outside with Plage de Calvi, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Spano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral St. Jean Baptiste, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then get outside with Calvi Nautique Club, and finally get outside with Wild Machja.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Calvi online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Arles to Calvi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Couvent Saint-Dominique, Gorges de l'Asco, Eglise de Sant'Antonino
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Village abandonné d'Occi ©
Village abandonné d'Occi
Scuba & Snorkeling

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