16 days in Calais & South of France Itinerary

16 days in Calais & South of France Itinerary

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Calais
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Calais

— 3 nights

Gate to the North

Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Get out of town with these interesting Calais side-trips: Amiens (Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, &more), Le Touquet Beach (in Le Touquet – Paris-Plage) and Le Parc de la Falaise (in Le Portel). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Calais Wine Superstore and stroll the grounds of Etaples Military Cemetery.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Calais trip maker tool.

Cardiff, UK to Calais is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cardiff to Calais. In June, daytime highs in Calais are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Calais

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins d'Eau. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint Vincent le Paluel, take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, then relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and finally make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Calais to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Calais in June: highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks

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 16th (Wed): explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne journey planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Avignon

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and then delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Avignon travel planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take a stroll through The Panier, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip builder.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 1 night
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 21st (Mon), appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Museums

Side Trips

Nice

— 4 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Wine Shop Flacons Divins (in Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nice online route planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips