13 days in Girona, France & Turin Itinerary

13 days in Girona, France & Turin Itinerary

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Girona, Spain
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Toulouse, France
— 1 night
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Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence, France
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Nice, France
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Turin, Italy
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Girona, Spain

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Sieges

Catalonia’s second-largest city, Girona embodies old-world charm, with its narrow cobblestone streets and traditional Catalan culture.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): snap pictures at Eiffel Bridge (Pont de les Peixateries Velles), steep yourself in history at Arab Baths, then contemplate the long history of Girona Cathedral (Catedral), and finally stop by Patronat Call de Girona.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Girona sightseeing site.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Girona is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Girona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in May, expect Girona to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Girona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Toulouse, France

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 19th (Thu), make a trip to Le Capitole, look for gifts at Fromagerie Xavier, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Japonais, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Girona to Toulouse in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Girona in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Toulouse: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Carcassonne, France

— 2 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Le Jardin de Saint Adrien (in Servian), Les Halles de Narbonne (in Narbonne) and The nine Locks of Fonseranes (in Beziers). There's much more to do: visit Cité de Carcassonne, make a trip to Canal du Midi, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 2 nights

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 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and then make a trip to Pont du Gard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally examine the collection at Musee Angladon.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Avignon journey planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 25th (Wed), ponder the design of Fontaine des Neuf-Canons, ponder the design of Mossy Fountain, steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, examine the collection at Musee Granet, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Nice, France

— 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 26th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook and then don't miss a visit to Place Massena. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, then don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nice road trip planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May: highs in Nice hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Turin.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Turin, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Superga. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Piazza San Carlo, take in nature's colorful creations at Parco del Valentino, examine the collection at Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Risorgimento, and finally contemplate the long history of Palazzo Reale.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turin travel planner.

Drive from Nice to Turin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Nice in May; daily highs in Turin reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Turin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.