21 days in South of France Itinerary

21 days in South of France Itinerary

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21 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hyeres
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Marseille
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
5
Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nice driving holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Nice, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Marineland
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Step out of Saint-Raphael with an excursion to Plage de Guerrevieille in Grimaud--about 50 minutes away.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip site .

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Plage du Chateau, Plage de Guerrevieille, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Les Gorges du Verdon
Highlights from your plan
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Plage du Chateau ©
Plage du Chateau

3
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Le Lavandou (Grande Plage du Lavandou, Plage de Jean Blanc, & more), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer) and Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Plage noire du Langoustier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle, stroll through Plage du Pradeau, and see the vivid underwater world at Le Cap Lardier.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hyeres trip maker tool .

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Hyeres are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Le Cap Lardier, Plage des Oursinieres, Scuba & Snorkeling, Paroisse de Ramatuelle
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Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Plage La Capte ©
Plage La Capte
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, & more) and La Ciotat (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Route des Cretes). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Laser game Evolution, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marseille online travel planner .

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat, Calanques, Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, Laser game Evolution
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques

3
nights
Avignon

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes) and La Petite Ferme (in Villes-sur-Auzon). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, and sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Distillerie A. Blachere, Carrieres des Lumieres, La Petite Ferme
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

3
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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 6th (Tue): learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, then get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Mayronnes Sculpture Trail and then Head underground at Grotte de Niaux.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will leave for home on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Grotte de Niaux
Highlights from your plan
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Grotte de Niaux ©
Grotte de Niaux

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