9 days in South of France Itinerary

9 days in South of France Itinerary

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9 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Calvi, Corsica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Cannes
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Carcassonne
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h
End: Paris

1
night
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. On the 19th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure, and finally make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Calvi trip itinerary planner .

Paris to Calvi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Paris in October, things will get a bit warmer in Calvi: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Corsica
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola
Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure ©
Cathedral Sainte Marie Majeure

2
nights
Bonifacio, Corsica

Bonifacio ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then stroll through Plage De Roccapina.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bonifacio trip planning website .

You can drive from Calvi to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bonifacio can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Plage De Roccapina
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Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

4
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Get in touch with nature at Les Gorges du Verdon and Lérins Islands. Popular historic sites such as La cité médiévale and Notre Dame de Beauvoir are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate (in Nice). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Le Suquet, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, and examine the collection at Musee du Parfum Fragonard.

To see photos and tourist information, read Cannes online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Bonifacio to Cannes in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

La cité médiévale, Notre Dame de Beauvoir, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Musee du Parfum Fragonard, Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cannes to Carcassonne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

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