24 days in South of France Itinerary

24 days in South of France Itinerary

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24 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Tucson
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Saint Clement des Baleines, Ile de Re
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Oradour-sur-Glane
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Pau
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Grignan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Avignon
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
8
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Nice
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  20​h
End: Tucson

1
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Saint Clement des Baleines, Ile de Re

Saint Clement des Baleines ©
Saint-Clément-des-Baleines is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Phare des Baleines, then try for a hole-in-one at Tennis des Pertuis, then make a trip to Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re, and finally get great views at Clocher Observatoire.

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Tucson, USA to Saint Clement des Baleines is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Tucson in May, you will find days in Saint Clement des Baleines are cooler (21°C), and nights are little chillier (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oradour-sur-Glane.

Things to do in Saint Clement des Baleines

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint Martin de Re, Tennis des Pertuis
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Phare des Baleines ©
Phare des Baleines
Clocher Observatoire ©
Clocher Observatoire
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re ©
Port de Saint-Martin-de-Re

2
nights
Oradour-sur-Glane

Oradour-sur-Glane ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Pierre du Dorat, then get engrossed in the history at Historic Village and Rural Life Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Collegiale Saint-Junien, and finally steep yourself in history at Oradour-sur-Glane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de St Germain de Confolens, get a taste of the local shopping with Domaine de Boisbuchet, and then make a trip to Coriobona.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Oradour-sur-Glane trip tool .

Getting from Saint Clement des Baleines to Oradour-sur-Glane by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Oradour-sur-Glane can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Oradour-sur-Glane

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Chateau de St Germain de Confolens, Eglise Collegiale Saint-Junien, Coriobona, Collegiale Saint-Pierre du Dorat, Domaine de Boisbuchet
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Oradour-sur-Glane ©
Oradour-sur-Glane
Historic Village and Rural Life Museum ©
Chateau de St Germain de Confolens ©
Chateau de St Germain de Confolens

3
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Beynac and The Maison Forte de Reignac are in your itinerary. Grotte du Pech-Merle and Lascaux Caves 4 will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil: Chateau de Cenevieres (in Cenevieres), Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Lascaux II (in Montignac). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, and steep yourself in history at Abri du Poisson.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil day trip site .

Drive from Oradour-sur-Glane to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Oradour-sur-Glane in May, you will find days in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Pau.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Montignac, Le Regourdou, Chateau de Beynac, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau des Milandes
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Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac

2
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Pau

Pau ©
On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, admire the masterpieces at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle, then step into the grandiose world of Château de Pau, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Boulevard des Pyrenees. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Piétat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint-Saturnin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilique Saint-Pie X.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Pau visit planner .

Traveling by car from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Pau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Pau can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Pau

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lourdes, Church of Saint-Saturnin, Chapelle de Piétat
Highlights from your plan
Chateau Fort of Lourdes ©
Chateau Fort of Lourdes
Château de Pau ©
Château de Pau
Basilique Saint-Pie X ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X

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nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 29th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at School Museum, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, and finally contemplate the long history of Memorial House (Maison des Memoires). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center online tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Pau to Carcassonne Center in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grignan.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Chateaux de Lastours
Highlights from your plan
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

2
nights
Grignan

Grignan ©
Grignan is a commune in the Drôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France.It has a magnificent Renaissance castle and is mentioned in the letters that Madame de Sévigné wrote to her daughter, Madame de Grignan, in the 17th century.GeographyGrignan is located in the south of the Drôme department, near the border of the neighbouring Vaucluse department, and close to Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence.To visit Grignan, take the A7 autoroute and use either exit #18, Montélimar Sud, or #19, Bollène.AgricultureThe main crops produced in the area are lavender, truffles, wheat, and sunflowers. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Grignan, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Archeologie et Histoire de Nyons et des Baronnies, then get engrossed in the history at Musee archeologique du pegue, and finally see the interesting displays at Colophon - Maison de l'Imprimeur. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, then contemplate the long history of Viviers Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Aiguebelle.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grignan online vacation planner .

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Grignan in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Grignan are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Grignan

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran, Musee archeologique du pegue, Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, Musee Archeologie et Histoire de Nyons et des Baronnies, Viviers Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, don't miss a visit to Roman Theatre of Orange, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon day trip planning site .

You can drive from Grignan to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June in Avignon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Site Archeologique de Glanum, Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Roman Theatre of Orange
Highlights from your plan
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and then examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner .

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aix-en-Provence
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Vallon des Auffes ©
Vallon des Auffes
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La cité médiévale and Place Garibaldi. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes), Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Cannes (Le Suquet & Lérins Islands). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and make a trip to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nice trip builder website .

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Eze, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Eglise
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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

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