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

— 5 nights
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: La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port (in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port), Chateau Observatoire Abbadia (in Hendaye) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray). There's still lots to do: stop by L'Atelier du Piment, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga, and hike along Sentier du Littoral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Biarritz road trip planning website.

Durham, USA to Biarritz is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durham in July; daily highs in Biarritz reach 75°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes) and La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle). 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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac), Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, take a memorable tour with Montgolfiere du Perigord, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Port Leucate (Leucate Jet Ski & La Plagette) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). 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 · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan). 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

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, Musee Picasso, &more), Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'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, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie LYMPIA.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in August, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
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: Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois). 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

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 5 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: La Londe Les Maures (Plage de L'Argentiere & Plage du Pellegrin), Hyeres (Plage noire du Langoustier & Sentier sous marin) and Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou). 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 bus. 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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Cassis (Trolib & Savonnerie de Cassis), Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Bandol (Sentier Littoral & Atlantide). There's lots more 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, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and make a trip to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marseille vacation website.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Marseille are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips