43 days in France Itinerary

43 days in France Itinerary

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43 days in France Itinerary

Start: York
+2
train + bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Narbonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Rocamadour
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 3 nights
7
Bordeaux
— 4 nights
8
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
9
Nantes
— 4 nights
10
Perros-Guirec
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Caen
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Amiens
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + train + Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: York

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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get outdoors at Plage du Petit Sperone and Grottes de Bonifacio. Get out of town with these interesting Porto-Vecchio side-trips: Bonifacio (Iles Lavezzi & Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps)) and Piscines Naturelles de Cavu (in Sainte Lucie De Porto Vecchio). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Porto-Vecchio visit planner.

York, UK to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from York to Porto-Vecchio is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from York in August: high temperatures in Porto-Vecchio hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
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Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu ©
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get outdoors at Parc national des Calanques and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise St-Trophime and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and step into the grandiose world of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner .

Fly from Porto-Vecchio to Marseille in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Aigues-Mortes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Arles, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, Chateau des Baux de Provence
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Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole ©
Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
Salin d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Salin d'Aigues-Mortes
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime

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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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Chateau de Vogue. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grotte de la Cocalière and Grotte de la Salamandre. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Ressouches (in Chanac), Cascades du Sautadet (in La Roque-sur-Ceze) and Reserve Bisons d'Europe (in Sainte-Eulalie). There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in breathtaking views at Gorges de l'Ardeche, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte Chauvet 2 - Ardeche.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Vallon-Pont-d'Arc attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Reserve Bisons d'Europe, Grotte de la Cocalière, Cascades du Sautadet, Chateau de Vogue, Grotte de la Salamandre
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:
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Grotte de la Cocalière ©
Grotte de la Cocalière
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Reserve Bisons d'Europe ©
Reserve Bisons d'Europe

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau de Queribus and Cathedrale St-Just. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Château de Salses and Paroisse Saint Nazaire. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Narbonne: Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Notre-Dame des Oubiels (in Portel-des-Corbieres) and Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Fontfroide, contemplate the long history of Tour Romane de Puissalicon, make a trip to Le site cathare de Minerve, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Peyrepertuse.

Find out how to plan Narbonne trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Narbonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Narbonne, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Chateau de Peyrepertuse, Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, Le site cathare de Minerve, Château de Salses, Cathedrale St-Jean
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Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses
Chateau de Peyrepertuse ©
Chateau de Peyrepertuse
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Abbaye de Fontfroide

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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.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte du Pech-Merle, steep yourself in history at Cite Religieuse, and then identify plant and animal life at La Foret des Singes. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Grottes de Lacave, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocher des Aigles, then step into the grandiose world of Remparts du Chateau, and finally take in the views from Pont Valentre.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocamadour day trip tool .

Getting from Narbonne to Rocamadour by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Narbonne in September since evenings lows in Rocamadour dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Pont Valentre, Grottes de Lacave, Grotte du Pech-Merle
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Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
La Foret des Singes ©
La Foret des Singes
Rocher des Aigles ©
Rocher des Aigles

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Roc de Cazelle and Château de Biron. Get in touch with nature at Grotte de Font de Gaume and Grotte de Rouffignac. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint Louis (in Montcabrier) and Chateau de Bonaguil (in Saint-Front-sur-Lemance). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of The Maison Forte de Reignac, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil road trip website .

Drive from Rocamadour to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

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

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Grotte de Rouffignac, Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, Chateau de Beynac, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Take a break from the city and head to Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean and Promenade Fleurie. Explore hidden gems such as Ecomuseum Marquèze and Chateau de Bridoire. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint-Martial (in Chalais), Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion (in Saint-Emilion) and Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Blaye, take a leisurely stroll along La Pointe du Cap Ferret, and look for gifts at Le Phare du Cap Ferret.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux visit planner.

You can drive from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cap-Ferret, Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, Cathedrale St-Front, Promenade Fleurie, Ecomuseum Marquèze
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Chateau de Bridoire ©
Chateau de Bridoire
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion ©
Citadelle de Blaye ©
Citadelle de Blaye

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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.
Amphitheatre de Saintes and Fort Boyard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Château de Talmont and Towers of La Rochelle. Venture out of the city with trips 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). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, wander the streets of Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte, see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle trip planner .

You can drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Fort Boyard, Le phare de chassiron, Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont, Association Hermione-La Fayette
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Fort Boyard
Fort Boyard
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Le phare de chassiron ©
Le phare de chassiron

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Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Tiffauges and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul are in your itinerary. Old City Walls of Vannes and Rochefort-en-terre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Nantes: Chateau d'Angers (in Angers), Cite Medievale de Guerande (in Guerande) and Chateau de Suscinio (in Sarzeau). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Passage Pommeraye, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, and make a trip to Centre Historique de Vannes.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantes trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from La Rochelle to Nantes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Nantes, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Perros-Guirec.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Vannes, Chateau de Tiffauges, Chateau d'Angers, Rochefort-en-terre, Cite Medievale de Guerande
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Chateau de Tiffauges ©
Chateau de Tiffauges
Rochefort-en-terre ©
Rochefort-en-terre
Chateau de Suscinio ©
Chateau de Suscinio

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Perros-Guirec

Perros-Guirec ©
Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau du Taureau and Ile de Batz. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbaye de Beauport and Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Perros-Guirec: Foret de Huelgoat (in Huelgoat) and Chateau de Rosanbo (in Plouaret). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles, explore the historical opulence of chateau de Kergrist, and stroll through Sentier des douaniers.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Perros-Guirec trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Nantes to Perros-Guirec takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Nantes in September: highs in Perros-Guirec hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Perros-Guirec

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ile de Batz, Chateau de Rosanbo, Chateau du Taureau, Abbaye de Beauport, Foret de Huelgoat
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h ©
Grand Site Naturel de Ploumanac'h
Chateau du Taureau ©
Chateau du Taureau
Abbaye de Beauport ©
Abbaye de Beauport

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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.
Visit German Cemetery La Cambe and Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Remains Mulberry Harbour and Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Caen: Pointe du Hoc (in Cricqueville-en-Bessin), Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer) and Rouen (Rue du Gros-Horloge & Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, examine the collection at Airborne Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Catherine's Church.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Caen tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Perros-Guirec to Caen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or 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 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Amiens.

Things to do in Caen

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bayeux, Rouen, Airborne Museum, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:
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Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus) ©
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

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Amiens

Amiens ©
Lovers of literature will adore Amiens as the hometown of author Jules Verne, along with the Somme canal linked to the Canal du Nord that runs through the town to the English Channel.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lochnagar Crater and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon. Popular historic sites such as Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Pierrefonds (in Pierrefonds), Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage) and Parc du Marquenterre (in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie and appreciate the history behind Thiepval Memorial.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Amiens trip maker .

You can drive from Caen to Amiens in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amiens

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, Thiepval Memorial, Parc du Marquenterre, Le Touquet Beach
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Parc du Marquenterre ©
Parc du Marquenterre
Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon

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