22 days in South of France Itinerary

22 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip planner

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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Andon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cauterets
— 1 night
Drive
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 2 nights
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Nice

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Chapelle Saint-Bernardin (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette). And it doesn't end there: visit Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice vacation planner.

Toronto, Canada to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in March; daily highs in Nice reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Andon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Andon

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): hit the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, stop by La Pain D'Epicerie, make a trip to Porte Royale, steep yourself in history at Moulin a farine d'Entrevaux, then pause for some serene contemplation at Presbytère, and finally head outdoors with Canyon Cote d'Azur.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Andon sightseeing planner.

Drive from Nice to Andon in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Andon are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Andon

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Les Murs Vegetaux (in Gassin), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Pause Serenite (in La Croix-Valmer). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, experience rural life at Domaine de La Pierre Plantee, stop by Catalan Bougie, and get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael tour planner.

Drive from Andon to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. In April in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Museums · Spas · Trails

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 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.
Marseille is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire, stroll around Le Palais de Justice, and don't miss a visit to Moulin Le Pain Blanc.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Eglise St-Trophime (in Arles), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, make a trip to La Nef solaire, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Avignon tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, then step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne online trip maker.

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cauterets.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Cauterets

— 1 night
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): hike along Pont d'Espagne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chemin de Croix Et Creches de L'eglise Notre Dame, and then get interesting insight from Caminando.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Cauterets road trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Cauterets in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Cauterets

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Futuroscope.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chasseneuil-du-Poitou tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Cauterets to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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