10 days in South of France Itinerary

10 days in South of France Itinerary

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Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Saint-Raphael

— 1 night
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Barrage de Malpasset and then discover the deep blue sea with Agathonis Plongee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in May since evenings lows in Saint-Raphael dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

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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 2nd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums

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Marseille

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Marseille online journey planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

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Avignon

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Avignon journey planner.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

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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.
On the 6th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne and then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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