42 days in France Itinerary

42 days in France Itinerary

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42 days in France Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  8​h
1
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Narbonne
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Rocamadour
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
La Rochelle
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Azay-le-Rideau
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Caen
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Saint-Malo
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h 15​min
End: Manchester

5
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Visit Tamaricciu Beach and Plage du Petit Sperone for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Les Calanche Cliffs and Bonifacio Citadel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto-Vecchio: Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles) (in Zonza), Piscines Naturelles de Cavu (in Sainte Lucie De Porto Vecchio) and Bonifacio (Iles Lavezzi, Grottes de Bonifacio, & more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Jean Baptiste.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Porto-Vecchio using our trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Porto-Vecchio. Traveling from Manchester in August, expect nights in Porto-Vecchio to be a bit warmer, around 22°C, while days are much hotter, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles)
Highlights from your plan
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Popular historic sites such as Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Site Archeologique de Glanum and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Calanques (in Cassis). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence day trip planner .

Fly from Porto-Vecchio to Aix-en-Provence in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Gordes, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum

5
nights
Narbonne

Narbonne ©
The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sentier du Littoral and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Saint-Elme and Chateau de Queribus. Change things up with these side-trips from Narbonne: Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau), Village abandonne de Perillos (in Opoul-Perillos) and Perpignan (Casa Pairal & Cathedrale St-Jean). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of The Royal Castle (Chateau Royal), do a tasting at Domaine Thunevin Calvet, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Fontfroide, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Just.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Narbonne planner .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Narbonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Narbonne, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Collioure, Perpignan, Millau, Chateau de Queribus, Sentier du Littoral
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Queribus ©
Chateau de Queribus
Fort Saint-Elme ©
Fort Saint-Elme
Eglise Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise Notre Dame des Anges

4
nights
Rocamadour

Rocamadour ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Cenevieres and Grotte du Pech-Merle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Forteresse de Najac and Village de Conques. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rocamadour: Pont Valentre (in Cahors), Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (Eglise de Saint Cirq Lapopie & Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie) and Eglise Saint-Pardulphe (in Saint-Perdoux). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Abbatiale Sainte-Foy de Conques, step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Assier, identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles, and steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Rocamadour tour planner .

Traveling by car from Narbonne to Rocamadour takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Rocamadour when traveling from Narbonne in September, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Conques, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Pont Valentre, Forteresse de Najac
Highlights from your plan
Village de Conques ©
Village de Conques
L'Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy ©
L'Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy
Chateau de Cenevieres ©
Chateau de Cenevieres

3
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grotte de Font de Gaume and Grotte de Rouffignac. Do some cultural sightseeing at Roc de Cazelle and Chateau de Bonaguil. Go for a jaunt from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Montcabrier to see Eglise Saint Louis about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Rocamadour to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

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

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chateau des Milandes, Eglise Saint Louis, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Chateau de Bonaguil, Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil
Roc de Cazelle ©
Roc de Cazelle
Grotte de Font de Gaume ©
Grotte de Font de Gaume

5
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.
Let the collections at Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois and Association Hermione-La Fayette capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Pole-Nature du Marais Poitevin and Vieux Port. Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines), Le phare de chassiron (in Saint-Denis d'Oleron) and Saint Martin de Re (Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re & Clocher Observatoire). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, learn about winemaking at Remy Martin, contemplate the long history of Fort Boyard, and explore the historical opulence of Château de Talmont.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Rochelle journey site .

Drive from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to La Rochelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in La Rochelle, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Azay-le-Rideau.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Rochefort, Fort Lupin, Cabanes des Createurs, Pole-Nature du Marais Poitevin
Highlights from your plan
Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois ©
Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont ©

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Forteresse de Montbazon and Chateau de Loches. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Château de l'Islette and La Plage. Go for a jaunt from Azay-le-Rideau to Fontevraud-l'Abbaye to see Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Langeais, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Etienne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and stroll through Chateau du Rivau.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Azay-le-Rideau trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Azay-le-Rideau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Azay-le-Rideau can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Azay-le-Rideau

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Villandry, Chateau de Langeais, La Forteresse de Montbazon, Chateau de Loches, Chateau du Rivau
Highlights from your plan
Chateau du Rivau ©
Chateau du Rivau
Château de l'Islette ©
Château de l'Islette
Eglise Saint-Symphorien ©
Eglise Saint-Symphorien

6
nights
Caen

Caen ©
Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
Get some historical perspective at German Cemetery La Cambe and Pegasus Bridge. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Caen: Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame (in Bayeux). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Airborne Museum, learn about all things military at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Caen, and steep yourself in history at Pointe du Hoc.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Caen route maker tool .

Drive from Azay-le-Rideau to Caen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Caen can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bayeux, Arromanches-les-Bains, Honfleur, Ranville, Pointe du Hoc
Highlights from your plan
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach ©
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach

4
nights
Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo ©
Once the feared base of pirates and heavily fortified against Norman attacks, today's coastal Saint-Malo is one of the top tourist draws.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbaye de Beauport and Chateau de Fougeres. Get some historical perspective at Cap Fréhel and Menhir du Champ Dolent. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Malo: Perros-Guirec (Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, Sentier des douaniers, & more), chateau de Kergrist (in Ploubezre) and Fort La Latte (in Plevenon). The adventure continues: make a trip to Centre Historique, kick back and relax at Plage du Sillon, and get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Saint-Malo itinerary planner .

Drive from Caen to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Saint-Malo sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Perros-Guirec, chateau de Kergrist, Fort La Latte, Cap Fréhel, Menhir du Champ Dolent
Highlights from your plan
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles
Abbaye de Beauport ©
Abbaye de Beauport
Cap Fréhel ©
Cap Fréhel

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