12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

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12 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Minsk
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Marseille
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Biarritz
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
La Croix-Valmer
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Minsk

1
night
Marseille

Marseille ©
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 22nd (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille road trip website .

Minsk, Belarus to Marseille is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Minsk in July; daily highs in Marseille reach 36°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques
Abbaye Saint Victor ©
Abbaye Saint Victor

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Avignon

Avignon ©
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 23rd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ile de la Barthelasse.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Avignon tour app .

Traveling by train from Marseille to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. July in Avignon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Distillerie A. Blachere
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Ile de la Barthelasse ©
Ile de la Barthelasse
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): Head underground at Grotte de Limousis, then don't miss a visit to Cité de Carcassonne, and then take a stroll through Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Mirepoix Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center travel planner.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in July, you will find days in Carcassonne Center are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Mirepoix Cathedral, La cité médiévale, Grotte de Limousis
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Grotte de Limousis ©
Grotte de Limousis
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Biarritz

Biarritz ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Cote des Basques, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Notre-Dame du Rocher - Église Sainte-Eugenie, and finally don't miss a visit to Phare de Biarritz.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Biarritz road trip site .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Biarritz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in July, you will find days in Biarritz are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
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Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Phare de Biarritz ©
Phare de Biarritz

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieille Ville and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to St-Paul-de-Vence (Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs & Saint-Paul de Vence) and La Croisette (in Cannes). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage and step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes.

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Fly from Biarritz to Nice in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Biarritz in July; daily highs in Nice reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Haut de Cagnes, La Croisette, Tourrettes-sur-Loup
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Haut de Cagnes ©
Haut de Cagnes

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nights
La Croix-Valmer

La Croix-Valmer ©
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. On the 29th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Michel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Bonporteau and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Jean Blanc.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Croix-Valmer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to La Croix-Valmer takes 2 hours. Traveling from Nice in July, you will find days in La Croix-Valmer are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are slightly colder (20°C). On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Grimaud, Plage de Jean Blanc, Plage des Marines, Plage de Bonporteau
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

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