25 days in South of France Itinerary

25 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip planner

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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Apt
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin & Le Capitole) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau Canet, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and admire the masterpieces at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip builder site.

London, UK to Carcassonne is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Carcassonne. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Bibliotheque-Musee Inguimbertine (in Carpentras) and Beaumes-de-Venise (Domaine de la Pigeade, Nuances du Sud, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, admire the local landmark of Fontaine de l'Ange, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Avignon attractions app.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Apt.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Apt

— 4 nights
Apt is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It lies on the left bank of the Calavon, 41mi east of Avignon. Get out of town with these interesting Apt side-trips: La Cavale (in Cucuron), Station du Grand Puy Seyne les Alpes (in Seyne les Alpes) and Gordes (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque & La Tour des Beaumes). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, get outside with Ventoux Passion Nature, and visit Les Falaises d'Escalade.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Apt itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Avignon to Apt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Apt

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Saint Michel Church (in Cassis), Hyeres (Archaeological Site of Olbia - Town of Hyères, Notre Dame de Consolation, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Mystery Games, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, look for gifts at Trois Fenetres, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille day trip planning app.

Drive from Apt to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Sainte-Maxime (Galerie Regard & Kelys) and Saint-Tropez (Lavoir Vasserot & Le musée de l’Annonciade). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, browse the exhibits of Memorial des Guerres en Indochine, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and explore the ancient world of Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael day trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) (in Antibes), Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Nice road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips