13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

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13 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Nice
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Marseille
— 1 night
train:  45​min
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Biarritz
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Toronto

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Mon), examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then kick back and relax at Coco Beach, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Le Suquet, then take a stroll through La Croisette, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nice route maker .

Toronto, Canada to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Nice. Traveling from Toronto in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

3
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio ©
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Escape the urban bustle at Plage Porto Novo and Piscines Naturelles de Cavu. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tamaricciu Beach and Plage De Roccapina. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto-Vecchio: Bonifacio (Grottes de Bonifacio & Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps)). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Porto-Vecchio online trip builder .

You can fly from Nice to Porto-Vecchio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Nice in September, Porto-Vecchio is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bonifacio, Plage De Roccapina, Piscines Naturelles de Cavu
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Grottes de Bonifacio ©
Grottes de Bonifacio
Tamaricciu Beach ©
Tamaricciu Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Porto-Vecchio to Marseille by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the 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
Vallon des Auffes ©
Vallon des Auffes
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

2
nights
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 8th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Orange, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), then steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime, and finally take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner .

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Arles, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and finally take a stroll through Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, then explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rennes le chateau.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center trip planning tool .

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

Rennes le chateau, La cité médiévale, O'Vineyards
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga, then kick back and relax at Plage d'Hendaye, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. On the next day, kick back and relax at Plage des Alcyons and then kick back and relax at La Cote des Basques.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Biarritz online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Biarritz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Biarritz sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Plage des Alcyons, Villa Arnaga, Plage d'Hendaye
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Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste

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