25 days in South of France Itinerary

25 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 1 night
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
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Argeles-sur-Mer
— 2 nights
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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Hyeres
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Ajaccio, Corsica
— 1 night
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Zonza, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux

— 1 night

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.
On the 30th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, then pause for some serene contemplation at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, then learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, and finally make a trip to Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Aquitaine, then make a trip to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip itinerary builder.

Berlin, Germany to Bordeaux is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac, make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Font de Gaume, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, Head underground at Grotte du Grand Roc, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, then make a trip to Les Cabanes du Breuil, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins d'Eau, and finally admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Argeles-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Argeles-sur-Mer

— 2 nights
Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): witness the site of a historic battle at Château de Salses, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then make a trip to Fort Saint-Elme, then stroll around Promenade du Front de Mer, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier du Littoral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges, take a stroll through Quartier du Moure, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royale de Collioure, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Cathedrale St-Jean, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Village Medieval de Castelnou.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Argeles-sur-Mer travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Argeles-sur-Mer takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, Argeles-sur-Mer is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

— 2 nights
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais, identify plant and animal life at Le Pont d'Arc, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Bois de Paiolive, Head underground at Grotte de la Cocalière, then Head underground at Grotte de la Salamandre, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc driving holiday planner.

Drive from Argeles-sur-Mer to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt Ventoux and Vaison la Romaine. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Arles (Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue & Musee Departemental Arles Antique), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Forteresse de Mornas (in Mornas). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, go deep underground at Mines de Bruoux, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Avignon trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Vallon-Pont-d'Arc to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marseille holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Hyeres

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud, stop by Port Grimaud, then walk around Domaine du Rayol, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally trek along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette. On your second day here, stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, then explore the striking landscape at Presqu'ile de Giens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Courtade, and finally get outside with Plage Notre Dame.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hyeres sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Hyeres sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Massif de l'Esterel and Promenade du Paillon. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Île Sainte-Marguerite, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Èze.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nice itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Hyeres in July, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Ajaccio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Ajaccio, Corsica

— 1 night
With a dreamy location on the west coast of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio is a mecca of seaside summer tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): hike along Sentier des Douaniers, head off the coast to Iles Sanguinaires, see the interesting displays at Maison Bonaparte, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally get outside with Grand Site Parata Sanguinaires.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ajaccio trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Ajaccio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Ajaccio when traveling from Nice in July, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Ajaccio

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, steep yourself in history at Bastion de L'Etendard, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Bonifacio, then stroll through Sutta Rocca Beach, and finally stroll through Plage du Petit Sperone. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, see Off-Road Tours, then kick back and relax at La Tonnara Beach, and finally stroll through Plage De Roccapina.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio trip planner.

Getting from Ajaccio to Bonifacio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bonifacio are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zonza.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Zonza, Corsica

— 2 nights
Zonza is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica.GeographyZonza is located in the mountain chain of Barocagio-Marghese which extends to the south of the Incudine massif. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Piscines Naturelles de Cavu, kick back and relax at Plage De Pinarello, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint Jean Baptiste, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Tamaricciu, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de la Sainte Croix de Porto Vecchio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Piscia di Gallu, don't miss a visit to Trou de la Bombe, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguilles de Bavella (Bavella Needles), and finally admire the sheer force of Cascades de Polischellu.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zonza road trip tool.

You can drive from Bonifacio to Zonza in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Zonza, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Calvi.

Things to do in Zonza

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Calvi, Corsica

— 2 nights
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then see Off-Road Tours, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, then explore the ancient world of Village abandonné d'Occi, then don't miss a visit to Phare de la Pietra, and finally head outdoors with Plage de Ghjunchitu.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Calvi itinerary planner.

Drive from Zonza to Calvi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Calvi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips