59 days in South of France Itinerary

59 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 13 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Toulouse
— 6 nights
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Bayonne
— 4 nights
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 4 nights
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Bordeaux
— 7 nights
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Nice

— 13 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to La Petite Cave de Saint Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Casino Barriere Le Croisette, &more). Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: visit Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Nice is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in March, things will get warmer in Nice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tanneron (Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois & Massif du Tanneron), Gassin (Les Murs Vegetaux & Jardin Remarquable l'Hardy - Denonain) and Pause Serenite (in La Croix-Valmer). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and expand your horizons at Kelys.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip app.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in April, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Marseille

— 6 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Musee Granet, &more), Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, wander the streets of The Panier, take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, and take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Marseille itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Marseille are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Spas (in Carpentras), Eglise St-Trophime (in Arles) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Pierre, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, and take in the views from Pont du Gard.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Avignon trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Avignon are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Harmonie des Sens (in Port-Vendres), Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret) and Narbonne (Abbaye de Fontfroide & Cathedrale St-Just). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and get outside with L'Ermitage de Forca Real.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne driving holiday planner.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 6 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Venture out of the city with trips to Albi (Pont Vieux, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more), Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Pont du Diable (in Montoulieu). There's much more to do: soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre, engage your brain at Cite de l'espace, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, and don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Toulouse trip app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Toulouse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Toulouse are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bayonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bayonne

— 4 nights
Bayonne is a city and commune and one of the two sub-prefectures of the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayonne: Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia) and Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Sentier du Littoral, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, &more). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Biarritz, make a trip to Port des Pecheurs, and take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Bayonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Bayonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Bayonne, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Bayonne

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 4 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou: La Vallee des Singes (in Romagne), Mon Spa (in Limoges) and Oradour-sur-Glane (in Oradour-sur-Glane). Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Futuroscope.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou trip planner.

You can drive from Bayonne to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou when traveling from Bayonne in May, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 7 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.
Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to La Rochelle (Vieux Port, Aquarium La Rochelle, &more), Montignac (Lascaux Caves 4 & Lascaux II) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Place de la Bourse, do a tasting at Chateau Laniote, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tour Pey-Berland, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip planner.

You can drive from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips