12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip itinerary planner

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Cannes
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Montpellier
— 1 night
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Jonzac
— 4 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then make a trip to Place Massena, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Bruges, Belgium to Nice is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bruges in August; daily highs in Nice reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cannes

— 1 night

Festival City

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 (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lérins Islands.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cannes online route builder.

Getting from Nice to Cannes by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in August since evenings lows in Cannes dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Marseille

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, then stroll around Le Palais de Justice, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, and finally take a stroll through The Panier.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille day trip planning app.

You can drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montpellier

— 1 night
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the sights as you ascend with Escal'OSud, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Planet Ocean Montpellier, and then take a stroll through Place de la Comedie.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier itinerary planner.

Drive from Marseille to Montpellier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jonzac.

Things to do in Montpellier

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Jonzac

— 4 nights
Jonzac is a commune of the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jonzac: Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont (in Talmont sur Gironde), Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac) and La Riviere de Chauvignac (in Chenac-Saint-Seurin-d'Uzet). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Sat) at Les Antilles de Jonzac. Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Le Chateau des Enigmes de Pons. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Martell Cognac's Visitors Center and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Montpellier to Jonzac. Traveling from Montpellier in August, things will get slightly colder in Jonzac: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jonzac

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips