32 days in South of France Itinerary

32 days in South of France Itinerary

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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Avignon
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Carcassonne

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Toulouse (Le Capitole, Cite de l'espace, &more) and S Room Agency (in Montauban). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne route builder tool.

Nimes to Carcassonne is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train. November in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Biarritz (Aquarium de Biarritz & Rocher de la Vierge) and Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac & Chateau Beaurang). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Place de la Bourse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, and browse for treasures at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 4 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Embarcadere Prada (in Coulon), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, explore the activities along Vieux Port, look for gifts at Cognac Only, and sample the fine beverages at Camus Cognac.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to La Rochelle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Theme Parks · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trips

Nice

— 6 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 Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nice travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from La Rochelle to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 5 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. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Le village des Tortues (in Gonfaron), La Certosa di La Verne (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Confiserie Azureenne (in Collobrieres). There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, walk around Parc Olbius-Riquier, explore the world behind art at Villa Carmignac, and look for gifts at La Cave du Marche.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hyeres online attractions planner.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Hyeres sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Cassis (Saint Michel Church, Trolib, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, don't miss a visit to Moulin Le Pain Blanc, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary website.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Marseille are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, relax and rejuvenate at Hot Yoga Montpellier, make a trip to La Maison Carree, and do a tasting at Bertrand Bosc.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip builder.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in December, expect Avignon to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips