19 days in South of France & Paris Itinerary

19 days in South of France & Paris Itinerary

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Arles
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 7 nights
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Arles

— 5 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Get in touch with nature at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. Visit Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole & Site Archeologique de Glanum). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, make a trip to Abbaye de Montmajour, and contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Arles online tour planner.

New York City, USA to Arles is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Arles, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Arles are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Abbaye de Fontfroide. Explore hidden gems such as Château de Salses and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan) and Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne journey builder site.

Drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Beynac and Chateau de Campagne. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau des Milandes and Grotte du Grand Roc. Venture out of the city with trips to Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front), L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur (in Saint-Avit-Senieur) and Lascaux II (in Montignac). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Prehistorical site of Castel-Merle, explore the galleries of L'Abri Cro-Magnon, examine the collection at Abri Pataud, and take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

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

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Paris

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Visit Arc de Triomphe and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Atelier des Lumieres, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, contemplate the long history of Hotel de Ville, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Paris, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping