22 days in South of France Itinerary

22 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Castel Plage and Easy Dive. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & Le Suquet). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Linton, UK to Nice is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Linton to Nice is 1 hour. In August, Nice is somewhat warmer than Linton - with highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Get outdoors at TakSea and Plage de L'Oratoire. Go for a jaunt from Saint-Raphael to Sainte-Maxime to see Port de Sainte-Maxime about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and find something for the whole family at Aqualand Frejus.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in August, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are a bit cooler (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 some cultural insight at Vieille Ville and Chateau d'Hyeres. Take a break from the city and head to Dune La Londe and Plage de Sylvabelle. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island) and Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Almanarre, get outside with MF Kite, explore the striking landscape at Presqu'ile de Giens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Estagnol.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hyeres trip website.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in August: highs in Hyeres hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then head off the coast to Chateau d'If, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through The Panier, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally examine the collection at Museum Calisson.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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 4th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally hike along Le Sentier des Ocres. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avignon itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · 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 6th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, tour the pleasant surroundings at Canal du Midi, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountain of Neptune.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Castelnaud and Lascaux II. Visit Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Beynac for their historical value. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, contemplate the long history of The Maison Forte de Reignac, Head underground at Lascaux Caves 4, and take in panoramic vistas at Ascenceur Panoramique.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in September, Sarlat-la-Caneda is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, get great views at Clocher Observatoire, then make a trip to Eglise Saint-Martin de Saint-Martin-de-Re, and finally take an in-depth tour of New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde). On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, then head outdoors with La Rochelle Croisiere Haka, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Chatelaillon, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the La Rochelle vacation maker app.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to La Rochelle by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, plan for little chillier days in La Rochelle, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips