34 days in South of France Itinerary

34 days in South of France Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to La Rochelle
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 6 nights
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La Rochelle

— 3 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.
Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to Embarcadere Port de Montfaucon (in Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud), Bordeaux (Libr'et'sens, Place de la Bourse, &more) and Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, get outside with La Rochelle Croisiere Haka, explore the activities along Vieux Port, and don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Rochelle road trip planner.

San Diego, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Diego to La Rochelle due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in July since evenings lows in La Rochelle dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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 Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip tool.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from La Rochelle in July: highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
When in Carcassonne, make a side trip to see Grotte de Niaux in Niaux, approximately Niaux away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Lafare A Cheval (in Lafare) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and Head underground at Escale Aventure.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marseille

— 4 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 Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Paul Cezanne’s Studio), Trolib (in Cassis) and Atlantide (in Bandol). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc National des Calanques, relax in the rural setting at Var Lamas, and explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille road trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 4 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Tropez: La Londe Les Maures (Plage de L'Argentiere & Plage du Pellegrin), Plage de l'Estagnol (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Hyeres (Vertical Horizon & Sentier sous marin). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Escalet, stroll through Plage de Guerrevieille, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get outside with Cap Taillat.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Riviera Nature (in Grasse), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with TakSea, see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), see the interesting displays at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and trek along La Pointe de l'Aiguille.

Before you visit Saint-Raphael, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for slightly colder days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 71°F. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips