42 days in South of France Itinerary

42 days in South of France Itinerary

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42 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  8​h
1
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Zonza, Corsica
— 4 nights
3
Calvi, Corsica
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Nice
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Vars
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Carcassonne Center
— 5 nights
8
Biarritz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
End: Glasgow

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi and Plage de Stagnolu. Get in touch with nature at Grottes de Bonifacio and Plage du Petit Sperone. Take a break from Bonifacio with a short trip to Prokart in Figari, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), stop by A Bitiga, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bonifacio trip planner .

Glasgow, UK to Bonifacio is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Bonifacio is 1 hour. Traveling from Glasgow in March, things will get a bit warmer in Bonifacio: highs are around 19°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zonza.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Prokart, Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi
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Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Plage de Stagnolu ©
Plage de Stagnolu

4
nights
Zonza, Corsica

Zonza ©
Zonza is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.GeographyZonza is located in the mountain chain of Barocagio-Marghese which extends to the south of the Incudine massif. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles) and Plage de Saleccia. Take a break from the city and head to Alta Rocc'Anes and Cascades de Polischellu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zonza: Sant'Armettu (in Olmeto), A Buttega di a Mandria (in Sari-Solenzara) and Molino de Aceite Eco-museum (in Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Gorges de la Restonica.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zonza trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Bonifacio to Zonza in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Zonza are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Calvi.

Things to do in Zonza

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Corsica, Cascades de Polischellu, Molino de Aceite Eco-museum, Alta Rocc'Anes, Sant'Armettu
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Plage de Saleccia ©
Plage de Saleccia
Gorges de la Restonica ©
Gorges de la Restonica

6
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sentier du Facteur and Golf du Reginu. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Sentier du Chataignier. Get out of town with these interesting Calvi side-trips: Dans les Yeux de Lucie (in Feliceto), Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Aregno) and La Foret de Bonifato (in Calenzana). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marine d'Albo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Col de Vergio, don't miss a visit to L'Arche de Corte, and identify plant and animal life at Punta Spano.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Calvi trip website .

You can drive from Zonza to Calvi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Calvi are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Corsica, Sentier du Chataignier, Dans les Yeux de Lucie, Sentier du Facteur, Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Punta Spano ©
Punta Spano
Golf du Reginu ©
Golf du Reginu

6
nights
Nice

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Les Gorges du Verdon and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Visiting Massif du Tanneron and La Chevrerie du Bois d'Amon will get you outdoors. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Colgan's Brewery (in Mouans-Sartoux), Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Nice Rafting (in Breil-sur-Roya). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Calvi to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Nice are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vars.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cannes, Colgan's Brewery, Les Gorges du Verdon, VinAzur - Vins de provence, La Chevrerie du Bois d'Amon
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Massif du Tanneron ©
Massif du Tanneron

6
nights
Vars

Vars ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Queyras National Park and Pure. Step out of the city life by going to L’Accrobranche Serre-Poncon Aventure and YaPluKa. Explore Vars' surroundings by going to The Petrifying Fountain of Reotier (in Reotier), Lachanenche (in Meolans Revel) and Orcieres (Ski Orcieres Merlette & Winter Parc).

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vars trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Vars in 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in April since evenings lows in Vars dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Vars

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Orcieres, Saint Dalmas Le Selvage, The Petrifying Fountain of Reotier, Queyras National Park, Sentier des Marmottes
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Saint Dalmas Le Selvage ©
Saint Dalmas Le Selvage
Lacs de Vens ©
Lacs de Vens
Ski Orcieres Merlette ©
Ski Orcieres Merlette

5
nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc ©
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Take a break from the city and head to Gorges de l'Ardeche and La Grotte des Demoiselles. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vallon-Pont-d'Arc: Cirque de Navacelles (in Saint-Maurice-Navacelles), Aven Armand (in Meyrueis) and Chaos de Nimes-le-Vieux (in Fraissinet-de-Fourques). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Alain Bateaux, do a tasting at Clos de L'Abbe Dubois, and Head underground at Aven Grotte Forestiere.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Vallon-Pont-d'Arc road trip planning website .

You can drive from Vars to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Orgnac-l'Aven, La Grotte des Demoiselles, Clos de L'Abbe Dubois, Cirque de Navacelles, Aven Armand
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Gorges de l'Ardeche ©
Gorges de l'Ardeche
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Camin Ariege Pyrenees and Rando Quad Castor. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at O'Vineyards and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne Center: Chateau la Voulte Gasparets (in Boutenac), Beille & Chioula (in Les Cabannes) and Domaine J.Laurens (in La Digne-d'Aval). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Carcassonne Medieval City, head outdoors with Eaurizon, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center tour builder website .

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Carcassonne Center in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Biarritz.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Camin Ariege Pyrenees, Eaurizon, Domaine J.Laurens, Domaine Rose et Paul, Rando Quad Castor
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Carcassonne Medieval City ©
Carcassonne Medieval City
Camin Ariege Pyrenees ©
Camin Ariege Pyrenees

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nights
Biarritz

Biarritz ©
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 25th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and then kick back and relax at Plage d'Hendaye.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Biarritz online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Biarritz by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Biarritz are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Plage d'Hendaye, Room Escape Games, Parc Accrobranche Au Creux des Cimes
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:
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La Cote des Basques ©
La Cote des Basques
Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Room Escape Games

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Plage de Chatelaillon and La Rochelle Croisiere Haka. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Vallee des Singes and Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Plage de la Lede (in La Palmyre-Les Mathes) and Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle and take a stroll through Quartier Saint Nicolas.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Biarritz to La Rochelle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Vallee des Singes, Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, Phare des Baleines, Plage de Chatelaillon, Plage de la Lede
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Plage de Chatelaillon ©
Plage de Chatelaillon
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re ©
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re

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