15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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Biarritz
— 1 night
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Argeles-sur-Mer
— 3 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 2 nights
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Orange
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Biarritz

— 1 night
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
On the 10th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga and then kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, then look for gifts at L'Atelier du Piment, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

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Glasgow, UK to Biarritz is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Glasgow in July, expect Biarritz to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

— 3 nights

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Bonaguil. Get in touch with nature at Grotte de Rouffignac and Grotte de Font de Gaume. When in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, make a side trip to see Château de Biron in Biron, approximately Biron away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Roc de Cazelle, step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac, make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Biarritz in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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 15th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

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You can drive from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in July, Carcassonne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Argeles-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Argeles-sur-Mer

— 3 nights
Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. Get outdoors at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet and Sentier du Littoral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau Royale de Collioure and Fort Saint-Elme. Explore Argeles-sur-Mer's surroundings by going to Grotte des Canalettes (in Villefranche-de-Conflent), Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnou, and contemplate the long history of Cathedrale St-Jean.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Argeles-sur-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Argeles-sur-Mer in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Argeles-sur-Mer can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 2 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Gorges de l'Ardeche, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Roure, and then explore the striking landscape at Le Pont d'Arc. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at Domaine Alain Dumarcher, then Head underground at Grotte de la Salamandre, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc tour planner.

Getting from Argeles-sur-Mer to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Orange.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Orange

— 2 nights
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): revel in the low prices at Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran, see the interesting displays at Le Chaudron d'Or, then examine the collection at L'Artisan Nougatier, then take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Grignan, and finally learn about winemaking at Distillerie A. Blachere. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at La Ferme aux Crocodiles, then explore the ancient world of Forteresse de Mornas, then don't miss a visit to Arc de Triomphe, and finally delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Orange itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Orange takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Orange

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 nights

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 23rd (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Palais du Pharo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille travel route planner.

You can drive from Orange to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Ardeche travel guide

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Caves · Canyons · Kayaking & Canoeing