43 days in South of France Itinerary

43 days in South of France Itinerary

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Biarritz
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights

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Biarritz

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Biarritz side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray), La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port (in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port) and Chateau Observatoire Abbadia (in Hendaye). The adventure continues: stop by L'Atelier du Piment, experience rural life at Ferme d'Agerria, get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, and explore the fascinating underground world of Les Grottes de Sare.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Biarritz online road trip planner.

Durham, USA to Biarritz is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Durham to Biarritz, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in July, things will get a bit cooler in Biarritz: highs are around 75°F and lows about 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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River Rafting & Tubing
L'Atelier du Piment ©
L'Atelier du Piment
Chateau Observatoire Abbadia ©
Chateau Observatoire Abbadia

4
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Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle), Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and do a tasting at Chateau Paloumey.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip app.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Bordeaux

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Side Trips

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Vertical T'air Parachutisme ©
Vertical T'air Parachutisme
La Grande Dune du Pilat
La Grande Dune du Pilat
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle

5
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Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, don't miss a visit to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Sarlat-la-Caneda can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

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Les Noyeraies du Landers ©
Les Noyeraies du Landers
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©

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: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Port Leucate (Leucate Jet Ski & La Plagette). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, let your taste buds guide you at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours, explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip builder tool.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat 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 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours ©
Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

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Avignon

Avignon ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, scramble along the landscape with Hautes Alpes Canyoning Aquaticale, and steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Escale Aventure ©
Escale Aventure
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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Nice

Nice ©

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and Lesgeckos (in Vence). Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, and indulge your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary site.

Getting from Avignon to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Marineland ©
Marineland
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, head outdoors with Jets'Cool, and identify plant and animal life at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer).

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online vacation planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nice in August: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

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Side Trips

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TakSea ©
TakSea
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

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Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou), La Londe Les Maures (Plage de L'Argentiere & Plage du Pellegrin) and Hyeres (Plage noire du Langoustier & Sentier sous marin). There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with Marine Air Sport, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud, whizz through the canopy at Grimaud aventure, and get outside with Cap Taillat.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint-Tropez road trip planning app.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Marine Air Sport ©
Marine Air Sport
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Cap Taillat ©
Cap Taillat

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Marseille

Marseille ©

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Trolib (in Cassis), Bandol (Sentier Littoral & Atlantide) and Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Marseille are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques
Atlantide ©
Atlantide

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