31 days in South of France Itinerary

31 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France travel planner

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Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 2 nights
Fly to Lyon, Train to Avignon
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux

— 5 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle), Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac & Chateau Coutet) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Place de la Bourse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette, and explore the world behind art at Lascaux II.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip planning website.

Toronto, Canada to Bordeaux is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in March: highs in Bordeaux hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Futuroscope. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at La Vallee des Singes.

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Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Avignon

— 5 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: Jardin d'Alcinoos (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), Eglise St-Trophime (in Arles) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and trek along Le Sentier des Ocres.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Avignon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. March in Avignon sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 6 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Lérins Islands, Le Suquet, &more) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). There's much more to do: visit Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice journey planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in March, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Saint-Tropez (Le musée de l’Annonciade, Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, &more), Eglise Sainte-Maxime (in Sainte-Maxime) and San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, take in nature's colorful creations at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, walk around Parc Areca Jardin Botanique, and appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael day trip planning website.

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. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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 nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, don't miss a visit to Moulin Le Pain Blanc, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Marseille road trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In March in Marseille, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Toulouse (Le Capitole, Musee des Augustins, &more), Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret) and S Room Agency (in Montauban). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne day trip app.

Getting from Marseille to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips