60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 7 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Montpellier
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Toulouse
— 6 nights
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Lourdes
— 5 nights
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Biarritz
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux
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Nice

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris will appeal to history buffs. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, Musee de la Castre, &more), Antibes (Old Town, Musee Napoleonien, &more) and Musee National Fernand-Leger (in Biot). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice route builder app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Nice, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, Nice is much colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 3 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Museum-lovers will appreciate Confiserie Azureenne and Memorial des Guerres en Indochine. Chartreuse de la Verne and Notre Dame De Constance will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Maison du Patrimoine (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens), Hyeres (Villa Noailles, Parc Olbius-Riquier, &more) and La Londe Les Maures (Dune La Londe & Musee des Automates). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Liberation, explore the ancient world of Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Saint-Tropez, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in November since evenings lows in Saint-Tropez dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paul Cezanne’s Studio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Fondation Vasarely, &more) and Chateau La Coste en Provence (in Le Puy-Sainte-Reparade). And it doesn't end there: stop by The Panier, see the interesting displays at Musee des Chantiers Naval, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Marseille, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

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.
Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Calvet will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Arles (Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres). Dedicate the 21st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, explore the world behind art at Musee Albert-Andre, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grignan, and see the interesting displays at Terres d'ecriture.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Avignon planning app.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montpellier

— 5 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Fabre and Museum and Conservatory of Anatomy,. Bunker 638 and Porte du Peyrou will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Village d'Antan (in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert), Sete (Musee Paul Valery, Espace Georges Brassens, &more) and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, see the interesting displays at Domaine Castan, and explore the world behind art at l'Atelier musee Fernand MICHEL Arts brut et singulier.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Montpellier online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · 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.
Let the collections at Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle and Musee La Seduction Francaise capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Cité de Carcassonne and Arts Buissonniers Outsider Art museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Maison du Sidobre (in Le Bez), Musee de la Prehistoire Regionale (in Saint-Pons-de-Thomieres) and Musee Departemental du Textile (in Labastide-Rouairoux). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, stop by Cooperative Artisanale de la Cite - Le Vieux Lavoir, and steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne planning app.

You can drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Saint-Sernin and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Appreciate the collections at Cite de l'espace and Parc de la Prehistoire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Boutique des Colporteurs (in Soueix-Rogalle), Musee Cap al Campestre (in Lherm) and Musee Europeen Art Campanaire (in L'Isle-Jourdain). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, examine the collection at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Toulouse trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lourdes

— 5 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Saint-Pie X and Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception. Château de Pau and Musee gallo-romain Claracq-Lalonquette will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lourdes side-trips: Musee Massey (in Tarbes), Saint-Savin (Chapelle de Piétat & Chapelle Notre-dame de Pietat) and Notre Dame des Cyclistes (in Labastide-d'Armagnac). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, admire the masterpieces at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, get to know the fascinating history of Boulevard des Pyrenees, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Paysan Gascon.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Lourdes trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Lourdes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lourdes are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Biarritz

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
You'll explore and learn at Basque Museum (Musee Basque) and Spacejunk. Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Phare de Biarritz will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Syndicat du Piment d'Espelette (in Espelette), Chateau Observatoire Abbadia (in Hendaye) and MUSEE DE LA CHALOSSE (in Montfort-en-Chalosse). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de l'Uhabia, make a trip to Port des Pecheurs, and take a leisurely stroll along Promenade Jacques Thibaud.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Biarritz tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lourdes to Biarritz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Lourdes in December, with highs in Biarritz at 16°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Biarritz

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 5 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.
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Chateau Royal de Cognac will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Association Hermione-La Fayette and New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde) capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois (in Rochefort). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Miniature, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hennessy Les Visites, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Rochelle online vacation planner.

You can drive from Biarritz to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore La Cite du Vin and Lascaux II. Get a sense of the local culture at Place de la Bourse and St. Andre Cathedral. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Maison du Jouet Rustique (in Pujols), Le Prieure des Benedictins (in La Reole) and Lascaux Caves 4 (in Montignac). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bridoire, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, do a tasting at Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, and take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Aquitaine.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux road trip planning app.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from La Rochelle in December since evenings lows in Bordeaux dip to 3°C. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips