20 days in South of France Itinerary

20 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Nice

— 3 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. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, stop by Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nice holiday planner.

Medellin, Colombia to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Medellin to Nice due to the time zone difference. In April, Nice is slightly colder than Medellin - with highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Trolib (in Cassis) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and then snap pictures at Pont du Gard. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Avignon road trip app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Avignon sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then stop by Cité de Carcassonne, and finally make a trip to La Porte D'aude. On the next day, stroll around Place Gambetta, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then make a trip to Place Carnot, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip maker site.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), La Ferme de Vigne Haute (in Reilhac) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac, and make a trip to Chateau de Beynac.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda online trip maker.

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. Traveling from Carcassonne in April, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Sarlat-la-Caneda. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 1 night
On the 27th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Futuroscope.

To find photos and other tourist information, refer to the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou itinerary app.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in April, you will find days in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

Bordeaux

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: Chateau la Renommee (in Saint-Laurent-des-Combes), Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, make a trip to The Water Mirror, and stop by LivroZenfan.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online visit planner.

Getting from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips