10 days in South of France Itinerary

10 days in South of France Itinerary

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10 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  14​h
1
Carcassonne
— 1 night
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Nice
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  12​h
End: Newark

1
night
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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 16th (Fri): learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards and then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne driving holiday planner .

Newark, USA to Carcassonne is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise St-Trophime and Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée. Visit Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole and Site Archeologique de Glanum for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: Musee Departemental Arles Antique (in Arles), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (in Marseille). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence road trip planning site .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. August in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Arles, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée
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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique

2
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): kick back and relax at Plage du Petit Sperone, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and then stroll through Tamaricciu Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage De Roccapina.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Porto-Vecchio trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Aix-en-Provence to Porto-Vecchio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Plage De Roccapina
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Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone
Tamaricciu Beach ©
Tamaricciu Beach
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio ©
Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio

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nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Le Suquet, get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Collegiale Saint Paul, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice journey planning app .

You can fly from Porto-Vecchio to Nice in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Porto-Vecchio in August, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Le Suquet, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

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