12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

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La Rochelle
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle

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.
On the 1st (Tue), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and then stop by Les Papas Confituriers. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, browse the fresh offerings at Marche du Centre Ville, and then see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette.

Plan my day in La Rochelle using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Dusseldorf, Germany to La Rochelle is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. While traveling from Dusseldorf, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in La Rochelle, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Carcassonne

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 3rd (Thu): snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip maker site.

Drive from La Rochelle to Carcassonne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from La Rochelle in December, plan for little chillier nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

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Avignon

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.
On the 4th (Fri), delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then play a few rounds at Golf club de Servanes.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Marseille

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Trolib (in Cassis). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, see the interesting displays at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, wander the streets of The Panier, and make a trip to Moulin Le Pain Blanc.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Hyeres

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. On the 9th (Wed), stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier, then stroll around Parc Sainte-Claire, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dune La Londe.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hyeres driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Marseille to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Hyeres sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

3
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Nice

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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Nice are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods