12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

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12 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
+2
bus + Fly + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
2
Cahors
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
4
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rennes le chateau and Cathedrale St-Just. Visit Chateaux de Lastours and Chateau Comtal for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne Center: Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Domaine J.Laurens (in La Digne-d'Aval) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Carcassonne Center is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Carcassonne Center is 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cahors.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Château de Salses, Chateaux de Lastours, Cathedrale St-Just, Rennes le chateau, Domaine J.Laurens
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Rennes le chateau ©
Rennes le chateau
Chateaux de Lastours ©
Chateaux de Lastours
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses

3
nights
Cahors

Cahors ©
Almost entirely surrounded by water, Cahors is a lovely medieval peninsular town located in the heart of the red wine country.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Cenevieres and Chateau de Bonaguil. Step out of the city life by going to Grotte du Pech-Merle and La Foret des Singes. Venture out of the city with trips to Château de Biron (in Biron), Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie (in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie) and Rocher des Aigles (in Rocamadour). The adventure continues: take in the views from Pont Valentre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cahors trip planning site .

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Cahors in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Carcassonne Center in September since evenings lows in Cahors dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Cahors

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocamadour, Chateau de Cenevieres, Chateau de Bonaguil, Château de Biron, Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie
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Château de Biron ©
Château de Biron
Chateau de Cenevieres ©
Chateau de Cenevieres
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil

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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Reserve of Scandola and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Village abandonné d'Occi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Spano, then make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs, and finally make a trip to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Calvi travel route tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Cahors to Calvi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Cahors in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 19°C in Calvi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Calvi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corsica
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Village abandonné d'Occi ©
Village abandonné d'Occi
Punta Spano ©
Punta Spano
Nature Reserve of Scandola ©
Nature Reserve of Scandola

3
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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 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone, then 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 22nd (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, kick back and relax at Plage de San Giovanni, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bonifacio trip tool .

Traveling by car from Calvi to Bonifacio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Plage de San Giovanni
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Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio ©
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio
Plage de San Giovanni ©
Plage de San Giovanni
Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure ©
Eglise Sainte Marie Majeure

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