6 days in France & Ventimiglia Itinerary

6 days in France & Ventimiglia Itinerary

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6 days in France & Ventimiglia Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
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Ventimiglia, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

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Ventimiglia, Italy

Ventimiglia ©
Ventimiglia is a city, comune (municipality) and bishopric in Liguria, northern Italy, in the province of Imperia. On the 4th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Giardini Botanici Hanbury - Villa Hanbury and then take advantage of the amenities at Bagni San Giuseppe.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Ventimiglia tour itinerary site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Ventimiglia is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Ventimiglia is 1 hour. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Ventimiglia, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Marseille.

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Marseille, France

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.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques, enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Samena, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On your second day here, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and then head off the coast to Chateau d'If.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille day trip planning site .

Getting from Ventimiglia to Marseille by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ventimiglia in August since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If

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Carcassonne, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and then get outside with Eaurizon.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne planner .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Fountain of Neptune ©
Fountain of Neptune

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Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lourdes journey website .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Lourdes in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Carcassonne in August: highs in Lourdes hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes ©
Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes

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