14 days in South of France Itinerary

14 days in South of France Itinerary

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14 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Ferry + Fly:  12 h
1
Marseille
— 1 day
Train:  45 min
2
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
4
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Toronto

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marseille tour planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Marseille is an approximately 12-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Marseille due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in June, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then explore the ancient world of Forteresse de Mornas, and finally explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Avignon day trip tool .

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Avignon are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Wineries

Side Trips

Distillerie A. Blachere, Forteresse de Mornas, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Roman Theatre of Orange, Site Archeologique de Glanum
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Forteresse de Mornas ©
Forteresse de Mornas
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

2
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.
On the 11th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and then wander the streets of Vieille Ville. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau and then head off the coast to Lérins Islands.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip app .

You can drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Avignon in June: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lérins Islands, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

2
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, then don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at plage de Tamaricciu, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see reviews and other tourist information, read our Porto-Vecchio route site .

Traveling by flight from Nice to Porto-Vecchio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Nice, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Porto-Vecchio, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
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Piscines Naturelles de Cavu ©
Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
Scuba & Snorkeling
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu

3
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Foret des Singes and Grotte du Pech-Merle. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Beynac and Chateau des Milandes. Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac) and Rocher des Aigles (in Rocamadour). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Chateau de Commarque, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, and steep yourself in history at Roc de Cazelle.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Porto-Vecchio to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Porto-Vecchio in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Rocamadour, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Grotte de Rouffignac, The Maison Forte de Reignac
Highlights from your plan
Rocher des Aigles ©
Rocher des Aigles
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle

3
nights
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.
Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Chateau Comtal for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan), Chateau de Castelnou (in Castelnou) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, take a stroll through Quartier du Moure, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royale de Collioure.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Collioure, Château de Salses, Chateau de Castelnou, Cathedrale St-Jean, Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet
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Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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