12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montpellier
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
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Toulouse

— 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Get out of town with these interesting Toulouse side-trips: Albi (Les Jardins de la Berbie, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, engage your brain at Cite de l'espace, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Japonais.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Toulouse itinerary planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Toulouse is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Toulouse is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tel Aviv in May; daily highs in Toulouse reach 24°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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 (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee de L'Inquisition. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canal du Midi, then let your taste buds guide you at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Montpellier

— 2 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): soothe aching muscles at Nage Eco L'eau, admire the striking features of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally appreciate the history behind Place Saint Louis. On the next day, wander the streets of Place de la Comedie, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Planet Ocean Montpellier, then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre.

Before you visit Montpellier, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Avignon

— 1 night

City of Popes

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 25th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon day trip website.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Avignon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours
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Saint-Tropez

— 4 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Tropez side-trips: Thalasso Spa Les Issambres (in Les Issambres), Daskalides Chocolatier (in La Londe Les Maures) and Vieille Ville (in Hyeres). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Caseneuve Maxi Catamaran, take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, and stop by Port Grimaud.

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You can drive from Avignon to Saint-Tropez in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Saint-Tropez, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nice

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then make a trip to Place Massena, and then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in May, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites