31 days in South of France Itinerary

31 days in South of France Itinerary

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31 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Marseille
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Toronto

5
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's lots more to do: visit Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Nice is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get much warmer in Nice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Galerie Lifetime Gallery, Lérins Islands, Marineland
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
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: Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Rocher de Roquebrune & Golf de Roquebrune Resort).

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael itinerary planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Frejus, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, Massif du Tanneron, Etangs de Villepey, Zipline
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Massif du Tanneron ©
Massif du Tanneron
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Golf de Cap Esterel ©
Golf de Cap Esterel

6
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Six-Fours-les-Plages (Ile du Grand Rouveau, Notre Dame du Mai, &more) and Chapelle Notre-Dame-Du-Cap-Falcon (in Toulon). The adventure continues: get outside with Sentier sous marin, walk around Parc Sainte-Claire, trek along Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens, and go for a stroll along the water at Port du Niel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hyeres road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Six-Fours-les-Plages, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La Valette-du-Var, Chapelle Notre-Dame-Du-Cap-Falcon, Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales
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Sentier sous marin ©
Sentier sous marin
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas ©
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas
Var Lamas ©
Var Lamas

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence), Foret de Roustagnon (in Bandol) and La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval, Chapelle des Penitents Bleus, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Ciotat, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Laser game Evolution, Foret de Roustagnon
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

5
nights
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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Promenade a Cheval La Marisma & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Place Crillon, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and head outdoors with K-Lade.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Avignon itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Avignon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Gordes, Domaine du Pegau, Veloroute Via Venaissia, La Petite Ferme
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

5
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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 Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Toulouse (Place du Capitole & Basilique Saint-Sernin). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau Canet, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, and make a trip to Notre Dame du Cros.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. March in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Toulouse, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

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