15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France vacation planner

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
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Nice

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Le Nomade & Marché provençal), Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Palais Lascaris, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Nice journey planner.

New York City, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Nice reach 58°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and Cassis (Trolib & Cape Canaille). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and stop by La Baleine a Cabosse.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Marseille, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avignon

— 1 night

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.
On the 10th (Fri), snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then stop by Maison Berny - La maison du Saumon et de l'Esturgeon, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

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Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Marseille in December; daily highs in Avignon reach 50°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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 11th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne route tool.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Futuroscope.

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Fly from Carcassonne to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in December, expect nights in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are slightly colder, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

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La Rochelle

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
On the 13th (Mon), make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, and finally make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle day trip planner.

Getting from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to La Rochelle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in December, things will get somewhat warmer in La Rochelle: highs are around 53°F and lows about 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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