9 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

9 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  10 h 30 min
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Paris
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Albi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Avignon
— 1 night
+3
Train + Shuttle + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
6
Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Toronto

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Paris

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 17th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre, and then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, then admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and finally step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Paris trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Toronto in August since evenings lows in Paris dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

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Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chateau de Beynac
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud

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Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 20th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Albi day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Albi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

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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.
On the 21st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip site.

You can drive from Albi to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Distillerie A. Blachere, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Bonifacio Citadel, then step off the mainland to explore Iles Lavezzi, and then kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio travel route builder app.

Getting from Avignon to Bonifacio by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In August, daytime highs in Bonifacio are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bonifacio

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Bonifacio Citadel ©
Bonifacio Citadel
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio

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