9 days in South of France Itinerary

9 days in South of France Itinerary

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9 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
1
Beynac-et-Cazenac
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Orange
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cannes
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Paris

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night
Beynac-et-Cazenac

Beynac-et-Cazenac ©
Beynac-et-Cazenac is a village located in the Dordogne department in southwestern France.The medieval Château de Beynac is located in the commune.The village is classified as one of Les plus beaux villages de France (most beautiful villages of France).GeographyThe commune lies on the banks of the Dordogne River 10km southwest of Sarlat-la-Canéda.HistoryHistorically the first mention of Beynac dates to 1115 when Maynard de Beynac made a gift to the sisters at Fontevrault Abbey. On the 19th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Beynac-et-Cazenac holiday builder app .

Paris to Beynac-et-Cazenac is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. When traveling from Paris in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Beynac-et-Cazenac, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau des Milandes, Chateau de Commarque, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
Chateau de Commarque ©
Chateau de Commarque

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 21st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne road trip planning tool .

Getting from Beynac-et-Cazenac to Carcassonne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Orange.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine ©
Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

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nights
Orange

Orange ©
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. On the 22nd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Le Pont d'Arc, examine the collection at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, and then delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magne and then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Orange trip planner .

Getting from Carcassonne to Orange by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Orange

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Le Pont d'Arc, Tour Magne, Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
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Le Pont d'Arc ©
Le Pont d'Arc
Tour Magne ©
Tour Magne
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac

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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.
On the 24th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, then contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, and then steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes itinerary maker site .

Drive from Orange to Cannes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Place Garibaldi
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Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©
Place Garibaldi ©
Place Garibaldi

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nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then identify plant and animal life at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Porto-Vecchio trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Cannes to Porto-Vecchio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Porto-Vecchio can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio ©
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio

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