15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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15 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Durham
Train + Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Bordeaux
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Biarritz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Montpellier
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Durham

3
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get some historical perspective at Église Notre-Dame and Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau Cantenac and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc), Chateau Beaurang (in Saint-Emilion) and Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron (in Cussac-Fort-Medoc). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, get engrossed in the history at Musee de l'Histoire Maritime de Bordeaux, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, and contemplate the long history of Port of the Moon.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux tour itinerary maker tool .

Durham, UK to Bordeaux is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Durham in August; daily highs in Bordeaux reach 31°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Chateau Paloumey, Chateau de La Brede - Montesquieu, Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, Chateau de Reignac
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Chateau de Reignac ©
Chateau de Reignac
Chateau Paloumey ©
Chateau Paloumey

2
nights
Biarritz

Biarritz ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Phare de Biarritz and Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Cote des Basques and L'Eglise Saint Girons de Monein. Change things up with a short trip to Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise in Hopital-Saint-Blaise (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Basque Museum (Musee Basque), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz, appreciate the history behind Rocher de la Vierge, and kick back and relax at Plage du Miramar.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Biarritz trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Biarritz in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Basque Museum (Musee Basque), Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise, L'Eglise Saint Girons de Monein
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Phare de Biarritz ©
Phare de Biarritz
Basque Museum (Musee Basque) ©
Basque Museum (Musee Basque)
Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise ©
Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Rennes le chateau, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then examine the collection at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Biarritz to Carcassonne by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Biarritz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rennes le chateau, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses
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Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

2
nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Carre Sainte-Anne, explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Roch, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Comedie, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables. On the next day, examine the collection at Site archeologique Lattara - Musee Henri Prades, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale de Maguelone, explore the world behind art at Espace Dominique Bagouet, then see the interesting displays at Le Pavillon Populaire, and finally contemplate the long history of Aqueduct de Castries.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier travel route planning site .

You can take a train from Carcassonne to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cathedrale de Maguelone
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Cathedrale de Maguelone ©
Cathedrale de Maguelone
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Aqueduct de Castries ©
Aqueduct de Castries

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, see the interesting displays at Museum Calisson, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, then contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally admire the striking features of Le Tour de l'Horloge.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence journey website .

You can drive from Montpellier to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
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Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Vieil Aix ©
Vieil Aix

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and finally get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum Fragonard, and then don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nice day trip website .

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in August, you will find days in Nice are little chillier (32°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (25°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Musee Fragonard, Tourrettes-sur-Loup
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate

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