32 days in South of France Itinerary

32 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip itinerary planner

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Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 3 nights
Fly to Lyon, Train to Avignon
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Marseille

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Fondation Vasarely, &more) and Cassis (Trolib & Calanque de Port-Miou). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, walk around Le Palais de Justice, wander the streets of The Panier, and take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marseille online travel planner.

Chandigarh, India to Marseille is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chandigarh to Marseille is minus 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more), Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and S Room Agency (in Montauban). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, stroll around Place Gambetta, and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne day trip planning website.

You can drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. May in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour), La Ferme de Vigne Haute (in Reilhac) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac, and Head underground at Lascaux II.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda travel planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle), Biarritz (Rocher de la Vierge & La Cote des Basques) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, make a trip to The Water Mirror, appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip planning site.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chasseneuil-du-Poitou: Embarcadere Port de Montfaucon (in Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud), La Vallee des Singes (in Romagne) and 13 Bees Beekeeping Taster Sessions (in Confolens). Pack the 19th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Futuroscope.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chasseneuil-du-Poitou holiday site.

Getting from Bordeaux to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Montpellier (Cathedrale St-Pierre & Bertrand Bosc). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, and look for gifts at Il Etait Une Flamme.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon holiday planner.

Getting from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Avignon by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nice

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Musee Picasso) and Notre Dame des Pins (in Cannes). Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice vacation builder site.

Drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips