60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 7 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Montpellier
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Toulouse
— 6 nights
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Lourdes
— 5 nights
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Biarritz
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux
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Nice

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Vieille Ville. Palais Lascaris and Rue d'Antibes will appeal to history buffs. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Musee National Fernand-Leger (in Biot), Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, Musee de la Castre, &more) and Antibes (Old Town, Musee Napoleonien, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Nice, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, expect Nice to be cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 3 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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Confiserie Azureenne and Memorial des Guerres en Indochine. Chartreuse de la Verne and Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: Maison du Patrimoine (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens), Hyeres (Villa Noailles, Parc Olbius-Riquier, &more) and La Londe Les Maures (Dune La Londe & Musee des Automates). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Liberation, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame De Constance, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Saint-Tropez trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Saint-Tropez when traveling from Nice in November, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Marseille

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Paul Cezanne’s Studio. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles) and Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Fondation Vasarely, &more). And it doesn't end there: stop by The Panier, see the interesting displays at Musee des Chantiers Naval, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Marseille, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Avignon

— 6 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.
Carrieres des Lumieres and Un Siecle de Roulottes will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres) and Arles (Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more). Dedicate the 21st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, browse the exhibits of Chateau de Grignan, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Avignon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montpellier

— 5 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Fabre and Cathedrale St-Pierre. Bunker 638 and Le Cimetiere Marin will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Sete (Musee Paul Valery & Espace Georges Brassens) and Musee du Village d'Antan (in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Bertrand Bosc, take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, see the interesting displays at Domaine Castan, and explore the world behind art at l'Atelier musee Fernand MICHEL Arts brut et singulier.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Montpellier online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Montpellier takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Montpellier, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Carcassonne

— 6 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.
Let the collections at Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle and Arts Buissonniers Outsider Art museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Cité de Carcassonne and Musee Departemental du Textile. Venture out of the city with trips to Maison du Sidobre (in Le Bez), Musee de la Prehistoire Regionale (in Saint-Pons-de-Thomieres) and Musee du Vieux Lacaune (in Lacaune). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, shop like a local with Cooperative Artisanale de la Cite - Le Vieux Lavoir, get engrossed in the history at Musee La Seduction Francaise, and steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne planning app.

You can drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Toulouse

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Saint-Sernin and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Appreciate the collections at Cite de l'espace and Parc de la Prehistoire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Musee Cap al Campestre (in Lherm), Boutique des Colporteurs (in Soueix-Rogalle) and Musee Europeen Art Campanaire (in L'Isle-Jourdain). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, examine the collection at Academie des Miniatures et des petits gouters, take an in-depth tour of Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Toulouse trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Lourdes

— 5 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Saint-Pie X and Château de Pau. Chateau Fort of Lourdes and Musee de l'Aurignacien will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lourdes side-trips: Musee Massey (in Tarbes), Saint-Savin (Chapelle de Piétat & Chapelle Notre-dame de Pietat) and Notre Dame des Cyclistes (in Labastide-d'Armagnac). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, make a trip to Boulevard des Pyrenees, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Paysan Gascon.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Lourdes trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Lourdes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lourdes are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Biarritz

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Basque Museum (Musee Basque) and Musee DE LA Chalosse. Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Phare de Biarritz will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Syndicat du Piment d'Espelette (in Espelette) and Chateau Observatoire Abbadia (in Hendaye). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Villa Arnaga, get a taste of the local shopping with Spacejunk, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de l'Uhabia, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium de Biarritz.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Biarritz driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lourdes to Biarritz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Lourdes in December, things will get a bit warmer in Biarritz: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Biarritz

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

La Rochelle

— 5 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.
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Chateau Royal de Cognac will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Association Hermione-La Fayette and New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde) capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois (in Rochefort), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Miniature, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Hennessy Les Visites, and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Rochelle online vacation planner.

You can drive from Biarritz to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Bordeaux

— 7 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore La Cite du Vin and Le Musee de la Bande Dessinee. Get a sense of the local culture at Place de la Bourse and St. Andre Cathedral. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Le Prieure des Benedictins (in La Reole), Maison du Jouet Rustique (in Pujols) and Montignac (Lascaux Caves 4 & Lascaux II). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bridoire, learn about winemaking at Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Monbazillac, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from La Rochelle in December since evenings lows in Bordeaux dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips