11 days in South of France Itinerary

11 days in South of France Itinerary

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11 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Bratislava
Drive:  13 h 30 min
1
Marseille
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
St-Paul-de-Vence
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Antibes
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
End: Bratislava

3
nights
Marseille

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Laser game Evolution, explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille visit planner .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Marseille is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bratislava in December: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 15°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Calanques, Laser game Evolution
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): do a tasting at Domain du Banneret, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and finally snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Marseille in December; daily highs in Avignon reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Wineries Fun & Games

Side Trip

Domain du Banneret
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Room Escape Games

1
night
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 26th (Thu), ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
nights
St-Paul-de-Vence

St-Paul-de-Vence
Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Fondation Maeght, then stop by La Petite Cave de Saint Paul, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Riviera Nature, then steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Center - Polygone Riviera.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read St-Paul-de-Vence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to St-Paul-de-Vence takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in St-Paul-de-Vence are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Antibes.

Things to do in St-Paul-de-Vence

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Shopping Center - Polygone Riviera, Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, Riviera Nature, Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire
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Fondation Maeght
Fondation Maeght
Riviera Nature ©
Riviera Nature
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

3
nights
Antibes

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
On the 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at Juan les Pins Main Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, and then don't miss a visit to Le Nomade. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Lérins Islands and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Antibes day trip app .

Antibes is just a stone's throw from St-Paul-de-Vence. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antibes

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Cannes
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

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