40 days in South of France Itinerary

40 days in South of France Itinerary

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40 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Menton
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carcassonne
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Avignon
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
4
Marseille
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Cannes
— 11 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

7
nights
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Menton: Eglise Sainte-Marguerite (in Luceram), Utelle (La Madone d'Utelle & Église Saint Veran) and Eze (Fort de la Revere, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins Bioves, enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade du Soleil, make a trip to Monastere de l'Annonciade, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Menton sightseeing planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Menton is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Menton. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect nights in Menton to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are much colder, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Eze, Utelle, Cap d'Ail, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Promenade Maurice Rouvier
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Église Saint Veran ©
Église Saint Veran
Les Jardins Bioves ©
Les Jardins Bioves
Cimetiere du Trabuquet ©
Cimetiere du Trabuquet

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Place du Capitole, Basilique Saint-Sernin, & more) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, and explore the world behind art at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne journey builder site .

Drive from Menton to Carcassonne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Menton in January, plan for little chillier days in Carcassonne, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Toulouse, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Chateau St Jacques d’Albas ©
Chateau St Jacques d’Albas

7
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 Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes), La Compagnie des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Baptistere de Venasque (in Venasque). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary app .

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gordes, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Baptistere de Venasque, Caveau Xavier Vignon - Domaine de Beaumalric
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var), La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, & more) and Aix-en-Provence (La Cave du Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Laser Game Evolution Toulon, browse the collection at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, and explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Marseille travel route builder site .

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Six-Fours-les-Plages, La Ciotat, Laser game Evolution, Moulin Le Pain Blanc
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

11
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Eglise St Pierre & Paul (in Cagnes-sur-Mer), Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook, Vieille Ville, & more) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, appreciate the extensive heritage of La Croisette, and don't miss a visit to Galerie1414.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cannes journey planner .

Getting from Marseille to Cannes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Cannes sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice, Valbonne, Antibes, Biot, Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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