32 days in South of France Itinerary

32 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and savor the flavors at Azur Wine Tours.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary planning site.

Manchester, UK to Nice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Nice is 1 hour. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 5 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: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois) and Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, cool off at Aqualand Frejus, and kick back and relax at Calanque de Maubois.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael holiday planner.

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 slightly colder evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 5 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Tropez: La Londe Les Maures (Plage de L'Argentiere & Plage du Pellegrin), Hyeres (Vertical Horizon & Sentier sous marin) and Plage de l'Estagnol (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Escalet, head outdoors with Cap Taillat, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez trip maker website.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in July, you will find days in Saint-Tropez are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Atlantide (in Bandol) and Trolib (in Cassis). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Marseille, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), La Petite Ferme (in Villes-sur-Auzon) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon online travel planner.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Avignon sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Domaine Preignes Le Vieux (in Vias). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, take an unorthodox tour of La Maison Hantee, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne tour site.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour), Grotte des Carbonnieres (in Lacave) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac, and savor the flavors at Bergerac Wine Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary maker site.

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 August, plan for little chillier nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips