8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France tour planner

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Bordeaux
— 1 day
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and then make a trip to The Water Mirror.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux online trip builder.

London, UK to Bordeaux is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Bordeaux due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Bordeaux reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

Before you visit Carcassonne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Bordeaux to Carcassonne by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Avignon

— 1 night

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 5th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Avignon online holiday planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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 6th (Wed): take a stroll through The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Marseille holiday planning app.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Marseille are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Nice

— 3 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.
Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nice attractions planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in Nice sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip