15 days in France Itinerary

15 days in France Itinerary

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15 days in France Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Calvi, Corsica
— 1 night
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  4​h 45​min
2
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Albi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
La Rochelle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Bayeux
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
night
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
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 23rd (Tue), steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Calvi, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Spano, then head outdoors with Plage de Ghjunchitu, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, and finally head outdoors with Dans les Yeux de Lucie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): stroll through Aregno Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Calvi trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Calvi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Calvi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in July: highs in Calvi hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Plage de Ghjunchitu, Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, Dans les Yeux de Lucie, Aregno Beach
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Citadelle de Calvi ©
Citadelle de Calvi
Scuba & Snorkeling
Aregno Beach ©
Aregno Beach

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 25th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Source Salee de la Sals, then examine the collection at Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria', and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Carcassonne Medieval City. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent's Church, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally examine the collection at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne Center route maker .

Getting from Calvi to Carcassonne Center by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Calvi in July, plan for little chillier nights in Carcassonne Center, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria', Source Salee de la Sals, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

1
night
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Albi road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Albi

Museums Historic Sites
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Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Maison Forte de Reignac, then Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and finally browse the exhibits of Chateau des Milandes. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bonaguil, steep yourself in history at Cave Dwellings, contemplate the long history of Grotte du Grand Roc, then contemplate the long history of Roc de Cazelle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip maker .

You can drive from Albi to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

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

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, Cave Dwellings, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Grotte de Rouffignac, Chateau des Milandes
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The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

2
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.
On the 30th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, and then explore the activities along Vieux Port. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Association Hermione-La Fayette and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle attractions site .

Getting from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to La Rochelle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in July: highs in La Rochelle hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Association Hermione-La Fayette, Chateau Fort de Saint Jean d'Angle, Plage de Chatelaillon, Phare des Baleines
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Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Association Hermione-La Fayette ©
Association Hermione-La Fayette
Vieux Port
Vieux Port

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Omaha Beach, then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Battle of Normandy, and then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial of Caen.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bayeux travel planner .

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bayeux in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from La Rochelle in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bayeux, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, Memorial de Caen, Omaha Beach
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Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema ©
Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Memorial de Caen ©
Memorial de Caen

3
nights
Paris

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Montmartre, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris day trip planner .

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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