15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
2
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
3
Avignon
— 1 night
4
Marseille
— 2 nights
5
Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
6
Nice
— 4 nights

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Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Castelnaud and Chateau de Beynac. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Le Chateau de Belves (in Belves). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, contemplate the long history of The Maison Forte de Reignac, and make a trip to Vieux Sarlat.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda visit site.

Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In August in Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Le Regourdou, Chateau de Commarque, Le Chateau de Belves, The Maison Forte de Reignac
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac

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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 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and then contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, Carcassonne is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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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.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Avignon sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Roman Theatre of Orange, Distillerie A. Blachere
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

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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.
On the 21st (Fri), wander the streets of The Panier, then stroll through Plage de la Grande Mer, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Cassis
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Plage de la Grande Mer ©
Plage de la Grande Mer
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Visit Plage de Pampelonne and Plage de Sylvabelle for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Le Lavandou (Plage de Jean Blanc & Plage de Cavaliere) and Plage de la Faviere (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Marine Air Sport, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, and stroll through Port Grimaud 1 Beach.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Le Lavandou, Port Grimaud 1 Beach, Plage de la Faviere
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne

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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.
Visit Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild for their historical value. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Saint-Paul de Vence in St-Paul-de-Vence, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, do a tasting at Domaine de Toasc, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nice holiday builder.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in August, expect nights in Nice to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are little chillier, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence, Marineland
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild

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