16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  15 h
1
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Clermont-Ferrand
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
La Rochelle
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Bayeux
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Foot + Train + Fly:  16 h
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at plage de Tamaricciu, take a memorable tour with Tours, then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, and finally contemplate the long history of Bonifacio Citadel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage De Roccapina, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Porto-Vecchio road trip website .

New Delhi, India to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in May; daily highs in Porto-Vecchio reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, Plage De Roccapina
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plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu ©
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and Eglise St-Trophime are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Musee Departemental Arles Antique) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc national des Calanques, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence tour itinerary builder .

Fly from Porto-Vecchio to Aix-en-Provence in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Clermont-Ferrand.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Arles, Gordes, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique

2
nights
Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand ©
Famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes surrounding Clermont-Ferrand includes the highest Puy-de-Dôme volcano only 13 km (8 mi) from its city center.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Puy-de-Dome Volcano, look for all kinds of wild species at Volcano Park of Lemptegy, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tournoel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Murol, then get outside with Lac Pavin, then examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Clermont-Ferrand holiday planning site .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Clermont-Ferrand in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, things will get a bit cooler in Clermont-Ferrand: highs are around 23°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Clermont-Ferrand

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lac Pavin, Chateau de Murol, Volcano Park of Lemptegy, Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, Chateau de Tournoel
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Puy-de-Dome Volcano ©
Puy-de-Dome Volcano
Chateau de Murol ©
Chateau de Murol
Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel

4
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.
Phare des Baleines and Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and Plage de Chatelaillon. Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Le phare de chassiron (in Saint-Denis d'Oleron), Eglise Saint-Pierre (in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron) and Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort). Spend the 26th (Tue) in the animal kingdom at La Vallee des Singes. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Le Grand Defi, take a stroll through Quartier de l'Ile de Penotte, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Rochelle road trip app .

Drive from Clermont-Ferrand to La Rochelle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayeux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Association Hermione-La Fayette, Eglise Saint-Pierre, La Vallee des Singes, Le phare de chassiron, Plage de Chatelaillon
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Plage de Chatelaillon ©
Plage de Chatelaillon
Le phare de chassiron ©
Le phare de chassiron
Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines

4
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Airborne Museum and Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Pegasus Memorial (in Ranville), Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach (in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont) and La Maison du Biscuit (in Sortosville-en-Beaumont). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer, examine the collection at Musee du debarquement, get engrossed in the history at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), and admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux tour planner .

Getting from La Rochelle to Bayeux by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from La Rochelle in May, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Bayeux. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Arromanches-les-Bains, Airborne Museum, Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Batterie Allemande de Longues-Sure-Mer
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Pegasus Memorial ©
Pegasus Memorial
Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Pointe du Hoc ©
Pointe du Hoc

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