12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France attractions planner

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Nice
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 1 night
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Nice

— 2 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.
Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Nice journey planner.

Medellin, Colombia to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Medellin in April, with highs in Nice at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Marseille

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, stop by The Panier, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille travel planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, then explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac, don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, then relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and finally make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Carcassonne in April, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and then make a trip to The Water Mirror.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites