60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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La Rochelle
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne
— 7 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Castellane
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Hyeres
— 8 nights
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Marseille
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La Rochelle

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou), Rochefort (Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois & Association Hermione-La Fayette) and Bordeaux (Libr'et'sens, Place de la Bourse, &more). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, contemplate the long history of Martell Cognac's Visitors Center, make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and take the plunge with Europhenix 17.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle trip builder tool.

Manchester, UK to La Rochelle is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to La Rochelle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in August, expect La Rochelle to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour), Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and Perigueux (Vesunna & Cathedrale St-Front). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac.

For where to stay and tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from La Rochelle in September, Sarlat-la-Caneda is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 7 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 Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Terre Liquide (in Mons) and Col de Pailheres (in Ascou). Fill the 14th (Mon) with science at Cite de l'espace. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take an in-depth tour of Parc de la Prehistoire, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne travel planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carcassonne when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Aubenas (Cimes et Canyons & GEO Ardeche Canyon) and Lanas (Dragon Fly & Offroad Adventure 07). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, make a trip to La Maison Carree, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Castellane

— 6 nights
Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Castellane: Lac d'Allos (in Allos), Presbytère (in Puget Theniers) and Waterworld (in Puget-sur-Argens). There's lots more to do: head off-road at Haute Provence Outdoor, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Moto d'Entrevaux, steep yourself in history at La Citadelle d'Entrevaux, and don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Castellane trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Castellane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Castellane are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Castellane

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Nice

— 8 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more), Mairie de le Cannet (in Le Cannet) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso). Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nice trip website.

Drive from Castellane to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Castellane in September, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 6 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: Lavoir Vasserot (in Saint-Tropez), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Grimaud aventure (in Port Grimaud). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois, get outside with Jets'Cool, and make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

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Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 8 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer), Chapelle des Penitents (in Grimaud) and Plage de Pampelonne (in Ramatuelle). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, make a splash at Aquavillage Parc, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Pradeau, and stroll through Plage noire du Langoustier.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hyeres trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Hyeres sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Marseille

— 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: La Ciotat (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Route des Cretes), Cassis (Trolib, Plage de la Grande Mer, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Musee Granet). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, sample the tasty concoctions at Biere de la Plaine, test your team's savvy at The Escape Hunt, and don't miss a visit to Parc National des Calanques.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Marseille online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips