14 days in South of France & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

14 days in South of France & Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
5
Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
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.
On the 27th (Fri), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): hit the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and then do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse journey app.

London, UK to Toulouse is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Toulouse are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Carcassonne, Mount Perdu, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Avignon, France

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 30th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Avignon online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Avignon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Avignon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Musee des Chantiers Naval, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Laser game Evolution, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michel Church, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner.

Take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat, Laser game Evolution, Saint Michel Church
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

4
nights
Nice, France

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: La Croisette (in Cannes), Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, indulge your thirst for a good beer at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, and don't miss a visit to Place du General de Gaulle.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nice trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Nice are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lake Maggiore.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

La Croisette, Massif de l'Esterel, Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

2
nights
Lake Maggiore, Italy

Lake Maggiore ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alpe San Michele, pause for some photo ops at Madonna del Calciatore, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distilleria Rossi d’Angera, and finally take an in-depth tour of House of The Resistance. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Veronica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Madonna di Campagna, then browse for treasures at Epoque Antichita e Restauro, then look for gifts at Stresa Museum Store, and finally explore the galleries of Palazzo Borromeo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Lake Maggiore trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nice to Lake Maggiore in 4.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Nice in January: high temperatures in Lake Maggiore hover around 8°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Stresa, Verbania
Highlights from your plan
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Distilleria Rossi d’Angera ©
Distilleria Rossi d’Angera
Chiesa di Madonna di Campagna ©
Chiesa di Madonna di Campagna

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