33 days in South of France & Lyon Itinerary

33 days in South of France & Lyon Itinerary

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Cassis
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Orange
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Albi
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Lyon
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Cassis

— 2 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Trolib, then head outdoors with Cape Canaille, and then take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Route des Cretes, indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Bains d'Or & Spa, and then tee off at Golf Sainte Baume.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cassis vacation planning website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Cassis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in February, expect Cassis to be little chillier, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Walking tours. Go for a jaunt from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence to see Cours Mirabeau about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, examine the collection at Musee Regards de Provence, get engrossed in the history at Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, and look for gifts at Maison Empereur.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cassis to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Orange.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Orange

Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Orange journey planning website.

You can drive from Marseille to Orange in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. February in Orange sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Avignon.

Things to do in Orange

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Shopping

Avignon

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cirque de Navacelles and Rocher des Doms. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Uzes (Brasserie Artisanale Meduz & Vallée de l'eure), Arles (Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue & St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)) and Musee 1900 (in Arpaillargues). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Pic Saint-Loup, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ile de la Barthelasse, and explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Orange to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Cathar Castles. Take a break from Carcassonne with a short trip to La Passerelle de Mazamet in Mazamet, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Albi

— 5 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. Explore hidden gems such as S Room Agency and Pont Vieux. Change things up with these side-trips from Albi: Cascade de Salles-la-Source (in Salles-la-Source), Le Petit Paris (in Vaissac) and Place Nationale (in Montauban). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, explore the striking landscape at Le Sidobre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Village Medieval de Lautrec, and pick up some local products at The Market Hall.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Albi trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Albi in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February in Albi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Albi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La ville d'Hiver and Musee d'Aquitaine. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Pape Clement, walk around Parc de Majolan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, and examine the collection at Musee du Vin et du Negoce.

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

Traveling by car from Albi to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Step off the beaten path and head to Towers of La Rochelle and Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits. Step out of La Rochelle to go to Saint Martin de Re and see Clocher Observatoire, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll around Parc Charruyer, explore the activities along Vieux Port, examine the collection at Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Sur-les-Murs.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read La Rochelle trip planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in La Rochelle are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Lyon

— 2 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and then examine the collection at Institut & Musee Lumiere. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, and then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lyon sightseeing app.

Traveling by flight from La Rochelle to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Lyon sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

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 discover tucked-away gems like Les Jardins Bioves and Jardin du Monastere de Cimiez. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Menton (Visite Confiturerie Herbin & Basilica St. Michel). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, stroll through Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike, and steep yourself in history at Monastère de Cimiez.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nice road trip planner.

Fly from Lyon to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Nice. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips