35 days in South of France Itinerary

35 days in South of France Itinerary

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Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Bordeaux
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Castellane
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 6 nights
Fly
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Porto, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
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Bordeaux

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Biarritz (Aquarium de Biarritz & Rocher de la Vierge), La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, pause for some photo ops at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux road trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Bordeaux is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Bordeaux, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Terre Liquide (in Mons), Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

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Getting from Bordeaux to Carcassonne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can fly to Castellane.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Castellane

— 4 nights
Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Castellane: Lac d'Allos (in Allos), Entrevaux (Musee de la Moto d'Entrevaux, Porte Royale, &more) and Presbytère (in Puget Theniers). There's lots more to do: take a memorable excursion with Verdon Xp & The Funny Helmets, explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Verdon, get great views at Chapelle Saint Pierre, and see the interesting displays at CitroMuseum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Castellane online holiday maker.

Getting from Carcassonne to Castellane by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Ramatuelle (Plage de Pampelonne & Plage de l'Escalet), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier & Plage de Gigaro). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Memorial des Guerres en Indochine, get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, and enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Castellane to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. June in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Lérins Islands, Marche Forville, &more), Les Petites Porcelaines (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Juan les Pins Main Beach (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Porto, Corsica

— 2 nights
On the 6th (Tue), take a memorable drive along D81, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques de Piana, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Sentier des Muletiers, make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Reserve of Scandola, and finally head outdoors with Plage de Ficajola.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Porto journey planner.

You can fly from Nice to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and car. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Porto, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Musee Granet, &more), Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Londe Les Maures) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, get a dose of the wild on Trolib, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, Le Sentier des Ocres, &more) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mines de Bruoux, steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, and don't miss a visit to Les Eclaireurs Sculpteurs Africains.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon holiday maker site.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy some diversion at Labyrinthe de Mais des Chateaux, then walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different attractions at Ferme Terroir de Lol, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud.

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You can fly from Avignon to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Avignon in July; daily highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Futuroscope.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou trip tool.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

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