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: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Bordeaux
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Toulouse
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Ho Chi Minh City

4
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Cantenac and Monument aux Girondins. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Arcachon (Observatoire Sainte-Cecile & La ville d'Hiver), Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion (in Saint-Emilion) and Perigueux (Vesunna & Cathedrale St-Front). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas, visit a coastal fixture at Phare de Biarritz, kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux route planner.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Bordeaux is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Bordeaux, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in March; daily highs in Bordeaux reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Beaches Wineries

Side Trips

Perigueux, Biarritz, Saint-Emilion, Arcachon
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas ©
Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion ©
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion

5
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jardin Japonais and Boulevard des Pyrenees. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Toulouse: Albi (Pont Vieux, Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, &more), La Foret des Singes (in Rocamadour) and Rodez (Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez & Musee Soulages). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Pont Valentre, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, and examine the collection at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Bordeaux to Toulouse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Albi, Lourdes, Rodez, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Boulevard des Pyrenees
Highlights from your plan
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec
Jardin Japonais ©
Jardin Japonais
Boulevard des Pyrenees
Boulevard des Pyrenees

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathar Castles and Chateau Comtal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Eglise Notre-Dame des Oubiels (in Portel-des-Corbieres) and Narbonne (Abbaye de Fontfroide & Cathedrale St-Just). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Peyrepertuse, and witness the site of a historic battle at Château de Salses.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker app .

You can take a train from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Narbonne, Cathedrale St-Jean, Eglise Notre-Dame des Oubiels, Promenade du Front de Mer, Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet
Highlights from your plan
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

4
nights
Avignon

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Jardin médiéval (in Uzes) and Tour Magne (in Nimes). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascades du Sautadet, delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, and take in nature's colorful creations at La Bambouseraie en Cevennes.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tour Magne, La Bambouseraie en Cevennes, Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Jardin médiéval
Highlights from your plan
Gorges de l'Ardeche ©
Gorges de l'Ardeche
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum Fragonard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): wander the streets of Le Suquet, step off the mainland to explore Ile Sainte-Marguerite, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

For photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nice road trip tool .

Getting from Avignon to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Avignon in April since evenings lows in Nice dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cannes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Musee Fragonard
Highlights from your plan
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

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