15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, make a trip to Ascenceur Panoramique, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda route maker tool.

Manchester, UK to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Sarlat-la-Caneda. When traveling from Manchester in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Carcassonne

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then do a tasting at Winemaker Workshops, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne route planning site.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Avignon

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 17th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Marseille

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Laser game Evolution, take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then stop by Catalan Bougie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Chapelle Sainte-Anne, then head outdoors with Sentier du Littoral, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Total Xscape.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Fun & Games · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in April, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 20°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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