13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France sightseeing planner

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Fly
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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
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Nice

— 3 nights

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.
Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nice tour builder website.

Paris to Nice is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in April, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 2 nights

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 (Sun): hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, then don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Avignon tour site.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 2 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a trip to Chateau de Beynac, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, and then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and finally make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 1 night
On the 30th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Futuroscope.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in April: highs in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

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