21 days in South of France Itinerary

21 days in South of France Itinerary

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

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, and make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip site.

New York City, USA to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Sarlat-la-Caneda. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, then don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Caunes Minervois, then explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne day trip app.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Avignon day trip website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and then get a dose of the wild on Trolib.

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

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou) and Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with Vertical Horizon, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, get outside with Sentier sous marin, and delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site of Olbia - Town of Hyères.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hyeres trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Ramatuelle (Cap Taillat & Tahiti Plage) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with TakSea, try your luck at Casino Barriere de Saint-Raphael, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael visit planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

Plan trip to Nice with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Nice sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Museums

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