8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

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8 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Marseille
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

2
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.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then hike along Sentier Littoral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Foret de Roustagnon, and finally trek along Sentier du Littoral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary maker website .

Mumbai, India to Marseille is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Mumbai to Marseille due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in February, things will get cooler in Marseille: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bandol, Sentier du Littoral, Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Calanques ©
Calanques

1
night
Avignon

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Parcours de L'Art, then explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Avignon day trip tool .

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. February in Avignon sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Roman Theatre of Orange, Parcours de L'Art
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Rose et Paul.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne travel planner.

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): walk around Parc du Mont Boron, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Nice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. February in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lérins Islands
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Spas
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

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