50 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

50 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

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Paris
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne Center
— 8 nights
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Albi
— 5 nights
Train to Gourdon, Taxi to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 6 nights
Taxi to Gourdon, Train to Limoges
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Limoges
— 8 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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Paris
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Paris

— 7 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Église Saint-Eustache and Chateau de St-Germain. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont and Chateau de Malmaison. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis) and Académie Équestre de Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Vincennes.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Paris travel planner.

Atlanta, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in July, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol, admire the masterpieces at L'Argilla, look for all kinds of wild species at Tours in Provence - Day Tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, and finally make a trip to Eglise du Saint-Esprit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Pavillon M, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Grobet-Labadie.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Marseille in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, things will get a bit warmer in Marseille: highs are around 36°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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 explore and learn at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente and Musee Automobile de Provence. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilique Saint Pierre and Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Cavaillon (Synagogue & Hotel d'Agar), Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire (in Menerbes) and Baptistere de Venasque (in Venasque). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Place Crillon, do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Villa Datris, and learn more about the world around you at Musee Requien.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Avignon journey planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Carcassonne Center

— 8 nights
Fort Liberia and Carcassonne Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Vinaigrerie Cyril Codina and l'Atelier des Vigneronsfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Gruissan (Notre-Dame-des-Auzils & Le Salin de Gruissan), Village Medieval de Castelnou (in Castelnou) and Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret).

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center trip website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne Center takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carcassonne Center, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Albi

— 5 nights
Albi is a commune in southern France. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Les Chateaux de Bruniquel and Chateau de Coupiac. Musee de la Mode and Musee Laperouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: Halle de Cordes-sur-Ciel (in Cordes-sur-Ciel), Chateau du Bosc (in Camjac) and Chateau de Brousse le Chateau (in Brousse-le-Chateau). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Cave de Labastide, examine the collection at Musee-Mine Departemental, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Penne, and admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Corneille.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Albi trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Carcassonne Center to Albi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Albi

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 6 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and Chateau de Chambert. Step off the beaten path and head to Le Chateau de Fenelon and Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac. Change things up with these side-trips from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: Eglise Saint Barthelemy (in Prayssac), Bastide du Perigord (in Monpazier) and Musee Zadkine (in Les Arques).

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle online trip planner.

You can drive from Albi to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Limoges.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Limoges

— 8 nights

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
You'll explore and learn at Limoges Fine Arts Museum Musée des Beaux-Arts de Limoges, Palais de l'Evêché and Pavillon de la porcelaine. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee du Four des casseaux and Abbaye Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Limoges: Collegiale de Saint Leonard de noblat (in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat), Chateau de Coussac-Bonneval (in Coussac Bonneval) and Cassinomagus - Archaeological Park (in Chassenon). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de St Germain de Confolens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre du Queyroix, examine the collection at Le Moulin du Got, and don't miss a visit to Eglise des Saints Anges.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Limoges online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Limoges takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in August, you will find days in Limoges are little chillier (27°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Limoges

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits and Abbaye de Maillezais. Let the collections at Le Bunker de La Rochelle and Musee d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near La Rochelle: Rochefort (Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois & Musee De L'ecole De Medecine Navale), Maison du Marais Poitevin (in Coulon) and Clocher Observatoire (in Saint Martin de Re). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Abbaye des Chateliers, walk around Parc Charruyer, indulge your taste buds at Marche du Centre Ville, and learn about all things military at Musee Maritime de La Rochelle.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle online road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Limoges to La Rochelle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Paris

— 3 nights

City of Light

Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Natural History and Grande Galerie de l'Evolution. Step off the beaten path and head to Berthillon and Jardin des Plantes. See even more of Paris: wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Germain l'Auxerrois, take in the views from Pont-Neuf, and admire the landmark architecture of Eglise Saint-Severin.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris journey planning website.

Traveling by train from La Rochelle to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods