21 days in South of France Itinerary

21 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France holiday planner

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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Nice
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael

— 2 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Ramatuelle (Cap Taillat & Tahiti Plage) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Verdon, and don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip planning tool.

San Diego, USA to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to Saint-Raphael due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 3 nights
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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle & Plage de Jean Blanc). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with Vertical Horizon, head outdoors with Sentier sous marin, stroll through Plage de L'Argentiere, and stop by Daskalides Chocolatier.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hyeres trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Calanques, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and then take a spin around town with Trolib.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Marseille day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Marseille sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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 28th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and then snap pictures at Pont du Gard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then visit Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent. On your second day here, explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, then make a trip to Abbaye de Caunes Minervois, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip builder.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Grotte des Carbonnieres (in Lacave), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda online attractions 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. Traveling from Carcassonne in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Nice

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nice day trip planning app.

Do a combination of car and flight from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Nice in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips