22 days in South of France Itinerary

22 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip itinerary planner

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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Calvi, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Lourdes
— 2 nights
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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 18th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip maker tool.

New York City, USA to Marseille is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Marseille. In June in Marseille, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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 20th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, and finally delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and finally do a tasting at Les Vignerons de Tavel.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avignon attractions planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Avignon are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Calvi.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Calvi, Corsica

— 3 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Discover out-of-the-way places like Village abandonné d'Occi and Speed Boats Tours. Eglise de l'Assomption and Citadelle de Calvi will appeal to history buffs. Explore Calvi's surroundings by going to Phare de la Pietra (in Ile Rousse), Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Aregno) and Vallée du Fango (in Galeria). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Reserve of Scandola.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Calvi trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Avignon to Calvi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June in Calvi, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Get some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La cité médiévale and Le Suquet. Change things up with a short trip to Lérins Islands in Cannes (about 52 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Saint Hospice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip maker website.

Getting from Calvi to Nice by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Nice sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
On the 29th (Tue), Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, and finally take in the waterfront at Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Bastion de L'Etendard, kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

Make your Bonifacio itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Bonifacio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bonifacio, with highs around 82°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to fly to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Carcassonne

— 4 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.
Visit Cité de Carcassonne and Abbaye de Fontfroide for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Chateau de Peyrepertuse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Cathedrale St-Just (in Narbonne), Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins & Basilique Saint-Sernin) and Albi (Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy & Musee Toulouse-Lautrec). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Jean, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne online day trip planner.

You can fly from Bonifacio to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
On the 5th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, and then steep yourself in history at Château de Biron.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip website.

Drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in July, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lourdes

— 2 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 7th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Boulevard des Pyrenees, and then see the interesting displays at Château de Pau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint-Pie X.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lourdes trip builder website.

Drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Lourdes in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July: highs in Lourdes hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip