13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

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13 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Castellane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

2
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: Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and stroll through Bestouan Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Marseille is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Marseille due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cassis, Palais des Papes, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Carrieres des Lumieres, Route des Cretes
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Chateau de Grimaud (in Grimaud) and Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc & Plage d'Aiguebelle).

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Theoule sur Mer, Le Lavandou, Plage du Chateau, Chateau de Grimaud, Domaine Sainte Marie
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Plage du Chateau ©
Plage du Chateau
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Abel Baliff Beach ©
Abel Baliff Beach

2
nights
Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate the long history of La Citadelle d'Entrevaux, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, and then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Castellane trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Castellane in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. June in Castellane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Entrevaux, Les Gorges du Verdon
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River Rafting & Tubing
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
La Citadelle d'Entrevaux ©
La Citadelle d'Entrevaux

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Vieux Port & Lérins Islands). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Castellane to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Castellane in June: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, Marineland, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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