12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17 h
1
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Le Lavandou
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Ajaccio, Corsica
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Grotte de Clamouse and Grotte de Limousis. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Le Salin de Gruissan and Les Halles de Narbonne. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne planner.

San Francisco, USA to Carcassonne is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Carcassonne. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Grotte de Limousis, Le Salin de Gruissan, Les Halles de Narbonne, Grotte de Clamouse
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Grotte de Limousis ©
Grotte de Limousis
Grotte de Clamouse ©
Grotte de Clamouse
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

3
nights
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou ©
Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Plage de Cabasson and Plage de Jean Blanc. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de l'Estagnol and Plage de la Faviere. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Plage de L'Argentiere, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Cavaliere, head outdoors with Plage de Saint-Clair, and stop by Daskalides Chocolatier.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Le Lavandou trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Le Lavandou in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Le Lavandou are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La Londe Les Maures
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Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere
Plage de Cabasson ©
Plage de Cabasson

2
nights
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 (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Aregno Beach, thenhead outdoors with Plage de Ghjunchitu, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Bodri, and finally get outside with Plage de Lozari. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Vallée du Fango, identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, thendon't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Galeria Marina.

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

You can fly from Le Lavandou to Calvi in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Calvi are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ajaccio.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galeria, Corsica, Corbara, Plage de Lozari, Aregno Beach
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Aregno Beach ©
Aregno Beach
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola
Plage de Bodri ©
Plage de Bodri

1
night
Ajaccio, Corsica

Ajaccio ©
With a dreamy location on the west coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a mecca of seaside summer tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): head outdoors with Canyoning Corse and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Ajaccio day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Calvi to Ajaccio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Ajaccio are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Ajaccio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Canyoning Corse ©
Canyoning Corse
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 26th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, thenkick back and relax at La Tonnara Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bonifacio road trip tool.

Getting from Ajaccio to Bonifacio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Ajaccio, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bonifacio, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 61°F. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Plage De Roccapina
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Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio ©
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio
La Tonnara Beach ©
La Tonnara Beach
Off-Road Tours

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