27 days in France Itinerary

27 days in France Itinerary

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27 days in France Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Albi
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h
2
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h 45​min
3
Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
La Rochelle
— 3 nights
6
Perros-Guirec
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Saint-Malo
— 2 nights
8
Bayeux
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau Belcastel and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez. Explore hidden gems such as Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy and Musee Fenaille. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: Millau Viaduct (in Millau) and Musee Soulages (in Rodez). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Mode, and explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Albi road trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Albi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. While traveling from Vancouver, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Albi, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Albi

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rodez, Viaduc de Millau, Chateau Belcastel
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Musee Soulages ©
Musee Soulages
Chateau Belcastel ©
Chateau Belcastel
Musee Fenaille ©
Musee Fenaille

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, and then don't miss a visit to Bonifacio Citadel.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bonifacio attractions planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Albi to Bonifacio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. When traveling from Albi in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bonifacio: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

3
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateaux de Lastours and Chateau Comtal. You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Chateau de Puilaurens. Step out of Carcassonne Center with an excursion to Château de Salses in Salses-Le-Chateau--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and see the interesting displays at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bonifacio to Carcassonne Center takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Traveling from Bonifacio in July, expect nights in Carcassonne Center to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau de Puilaurens, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, River Rafting & Tubing, O'Vineyards, Chateaux de Lastours
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Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

4
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Roc de Cazelle and Grotte du Pech-Merle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Chateau de Commarque and The Maison Forte de Reignac for their historical value. Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour), Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix) and Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, and contemplate the long history of Cave Dwellings.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda route planner .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Grotte de Rouffignac
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:
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Chateau de Commarque ©
Chateau de Commarque
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Embarcadere de l'Abbaye and Maillezais Abbey. Take a break from the city and head to Plage de Chatelaillon and Vieux Port. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines), Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort) and Saint Martin de Re (Clocher Observatoire & Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Nieul-sur-l'Autise Abbey.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to La Rochelle by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in La Rochelle, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Maillezais, Association Hermione-La Fayette, Plage de Chatelaillon, Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:
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Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire
Embarcadere de l'Abbaye ©
Embarcadere de l'Abbaye
Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise ©
Abbaye de Nieul-sur-l'Autise

3
nights
Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles and La Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual. Visit Abbaye de Beauport and Enclos Paroissial de Guimiliau for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Perros-Guirec: Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h (in Plouezoc'h), Ile de Batz (in Roscoff) and Eglise Saint-Theodore (in Treduder). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame du Yaudet, get to know the fascinating history of Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h, and don't miss a visit to Sentier des douaniers.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Perros-Guirec trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Perros-Guirec takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from La Rochelle in July: high temperatures in Perros-Guirec hover around 22°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint-Malo.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ploumanac'h LIghthouse, Ile de Batz, Eglise Saint-Theodore, La Cathedrale Saint-Tugdual, Eglise Saint-Etienne de Plouezoc'h
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Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles ©
Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles
Abbaye de Beauport ©
Abbaye de Beauport
Ile de Batz ©
Ile de Batz

2
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.
On the 21st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Sillon, get to know the fascinating history of Promenade du Clair de Lune, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pointe du Grouin. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Centre Historique, then visit a coastal fixture at Phare du Cap Fréhel, then visit a coastal fixture at Cap Fréhel, and finally explore the historical opulence of Fort La Latte.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saint-Malo trip planner .

You can drive from Perros-Guirec to Saint-Malo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Saint-Malo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Saint-Malo

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plevenon, Cap Fréhel, Promenade du Clair de Lune, Pointe du Grouin, Centre Historique
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:
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Phare du Cap Fréhel ©
Phare du Cap Fréhel
Cap Fréhel ©
Cap Fréhel
Fort La Latte ©
Fort La Latte

6
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) and Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Remains Mulberry Harbour and Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach will appeal to history buffs. Explore Bayeux's surroundings by going to Honfleur (Saint Catherine's Church & Le Vieux Bassin), La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont) and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont). Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Longues Battery, see the interesting displays at Musee du debarquement, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Battle of Normandy, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bayeux itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Malo to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Honfleur, Abbaye Saint-Martin de Mondaye, Omaha Beach, La Maison du Biscuit
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 28:
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Remains Mulberry Harbour ©
Remains Mulberry Harbour
Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) ©

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