42 days in South of France Itinerary

42 days in South of France Itinerary

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Eze
— 3 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Montpellier
— 4 nights
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Narbonne
— 4 nights
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Toulouse
— 4 nights
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Rodez
— 2 nights
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Beynac-et-Cazenac
— 6 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
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Montignac
— 4 nights
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Eze

— 3 nights
Hillside villages along the Mediterranean coast don't come more picturesque than Eze, attracting vacationers with its perfectly preserved medieval streets, colorful botanical gardens, and sweeping sea views.
On the 2nd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at La Madone d'Utelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, then make a trip to Fort de la Revere, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Èze. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame des Fontaines, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Tende, then examine the collection at Musée des Merveilles, then admire the striking features of Monastere de Saorge, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tete de Chien.

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Sydney, Australia to Eze is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Eze is minus 9 hours. In May, daytime highs in Eze are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Eze

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque and Gallifet will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Sauvan and Eglise du Saint-Esprit are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Francois Doucet Confiseur (in Oraison), Le musée de l’Annonciade (in Saint-Tropez) and Museum of Salagon (in Mane). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, don't miss a visit to Carrieres de Bibemus, get your game on at Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, and admire the striking features of Le Tour de l'Horloge.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence day trip planning app.

Drive from Eze to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 9th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Palais du Roure, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Didier, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple Saint Martial, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Lapidaire, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Penitents Gris, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Symphorien. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame des Anges, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre, then get a new perspective on nature at Musee Requien, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Louis Vouland, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Agricol.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Avignon online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Montpellier

— 4 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de la Soie and Site archeologique Lattara - Musee Henri Prades. Get some cultural insight at Abbaye de Valmagne and Cathedrale de Maguelone. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montpellier: Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons (in Aigues-Mortes) and Cathedrale Saint Fulcran (in Lodeve). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Aqueduct de Castries, get your game on at Mad Monkey, examine the collection at Le Pavillon Populaire, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Montpellier visit planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Narbonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Narbonne

— 4 nights

Crossroads of the South

The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee d'Art et d'Histoire and Eglise de la Madeleine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Eglise Saint-Paul and Via Domitia of Narbonne. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Narbonne: Site and archaeological museum Ensérune (in Nissan-lez-Enserune), Eglise abbatiale Saint Michel , son cloitre et le linteau (in Saint Genis des Fontaines) and Prieure Santa Maria del Vilar (in Villelongue-dels-Monts). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Le Tresor De La Cathedrale, walk around Narbonnaise Park (Parc de la Narbonnaise), get curious at L'Aude en liberte, and learn more about the world around you at Amphoralis.

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Traveling by car from Montpellier to Narbonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Narbonne are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Narbonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 4 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Hotel d'Assezat and Ailes Anciennes Toulouse. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mirepoix Cathedral and Abbaye de Soreze. Get out of town with these interesting Toulouse side-trips: Eglise Notre-Dame (in Vals), Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle (in Soreze) and Bastide de Mirepoix (in Mirepoix). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Espace EDF Bazacle, admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Grand Rond, examine the collection at Musee Departemental de la Resistance & de la Deportation, and stop by Delices de Tunis.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse driving holiday planner.

Drive from Narbonne to Toulouse in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Rodez.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Rodez

— 2 nights
Rodez is a small city and commune in the South of France, about 150 km northeast of Toulouse. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee du Couteau de Laguiole, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Bonneval, take a stroll through La Vinzelle, then examine the collection at Maison de la Photo, and finally examine the collection at Musee Denys-Puech. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Le Grenier de Capou, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Hilarian-Sainte-Foy de Perse, partake in some friendly competition at Freemick Aventure, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Amans, and finally look for gifts at Rodez Saturday Market.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rodez tour planner.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Rodez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Toulouse in May, Rodez is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Beynac-et-Cazenac.

Things to do in Rodez

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

Beynac-et-Cazenac

— 6 nights
Beynac-et-Cazenac is a village located in the Dordogne department in southwestern France.The medieval Château de Beynac is located in the commune.The village is classified as one of Les plus beaux villages de France (most beautiful villages of France).GeographyThe commune lies on the banks of the Dordogne River 10km southwest of Sarlat-la-Canéda.HistoryHistorically the first mention of Beynac dates to 1115 when Maynard de Beynac made a gift to the sisters at Fontevrault Abbey. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Campagne and Château de Biron. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe. Change things up with these side-trips from Beynac-et-Cazenac: Chateau de Gavaudun (in Gavaudun), Eglise Notre-Dame de Peyragude (in Penne d'Agenais) and Musee du Foie Gras (in Frespech). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Moulin de la Rouzique, contemplate the long history of Plage aux Pterosaures, make a trip to Le Chateau de Belves, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Beynac-et-Cazenac vacation site.

You can drive from Rodez to Beynac-et-Cazenac in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Rodez in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beynac-et-Cazenac: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
You'll explore and learn at Cap Sciences and Antique Dealers of Village Notre Dame. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau Saint Ahon and Chateau du Taillan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau de Villebois-Lavalette (in Villebois-Lavalette), Abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure (in La Sauve) and Bazas Cathedrale (in Bazas). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Croix, steep yourself in history at Hotel de Ville (City Hall), admire the landmark architecture of Cite Fruges-Le Corbusier, and wander the streets of Port of the Moon.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux journey planner.

Getting from Beynac-et-Cazenac to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. May in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Atelier - Musee Jean Lurcat, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre, then examine the collection at Abri Pataud, and finally experience rural life at Ferme du Brusquand. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Saint Vincent le Paluel, don't miss a visit to Eglise de Saint Vincent le Paluel, then grab your bike and head to Voie Verte et Veloroute, then ponder the design of Fontaine Sainte-Marie, and finally appreciate the history behind Le Badaud de Sarlat.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Sarlat-la-Caneda can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Montignac.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montignac

— 4 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Prehistorical site of Castel-Merle and Papeterie de Vaux. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dhagpo Kagyu Ling and Eglise de Pleaux. Venture out of the city with trips to Forges de Savignac-Ledrier (in Savignac-Ledrier), Chateau de Badefols d'Ans (in Badefols-d'Ans) and Eglise Saint-Robert (in Saint-Robert).

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Montignac day trip planning website.

Montignac is just a short distance from Sarlat-la-Caneda. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in June, you will find days in Montignac are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montignac

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips