15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France route planner

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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Chateau de Castelnaud and Grotte de Rouffignac. Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Oliv'Air, L'air des Vasques du Quercy (in Gramat), Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and Archéosite of Fieux (in Miers). There's much more to do: stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, and don't miss a visit to Lascaux Caves 4.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda travel planning tool.

London, UK to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

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 20th (Tue): don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally get to know the resident critters at Le Parc Australien. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent.

For maps and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip itinerary maker 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. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Carcassonne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Nice

— 3 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marineland and Promenade des Anglais. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Le Suquet (in Cannes), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's much more to do: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Carcassonne in July, with lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like TakSea and Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Brocante Au Bucheron (in Saint-Aygulf) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, head outdoors with Jets'Cool, enjoy the sand and surf at Abel Baliff Beach, and cool off at Aqualand Frejus.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in July since evenings lows in Saint-Raphael dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 3 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Kids will enjoy Atlantide and Var Lamas. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Plage de la Coudouliere (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Le Lavandou (Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Plage de L'Argentiere, identify plant and animal life at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Estagnol, and get outside with Plage du Pellegrin.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hyeres trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Hyeres sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips