15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Castellane
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): do a tasting at O'Vineyards and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, visit Cité de Carcassonne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne tour itinerary planning tool.

Bordeaux to Carcassonne is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Roussillon (Le Sentier des Ocres & Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo), Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes) and Mines de Bruoux (in Gargas). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, experience rural life at Moulin à Huile d' Olive du Calanquet, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Avignon road trip planning app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

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.
On the 10th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then make a trip to Collegiale Saint Pierre, and finally experience rural life at Var Lamas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Coudouliere, then take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marseille day trip app.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

3
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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Plage le Magellan (in Theoule sur Mer) and Eglise Sainte-Maxime (in Sainte-Maxime). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, make a splash at Aqualand Frejus, get outside with Jets'Cool, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael online trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nice vacation builder tool.

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. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. On the 18th (Sat), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the long history of La Citadelle d'Entrevaux, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes La Palud, and then explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon.

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Getting from Nice to Castellane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Castellane, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips