17 days in South of France Itinerary

17 days in South of France Itinerary

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17 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
+2
Fly + foot + train:  4​h 30​min
Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Orange
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Carcassonne Center
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Albi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
End: Venice

2
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
On the 19th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Èze, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier, then steep yourself in history at Basilique Saint Michel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Massena Museum, explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris, then steep yourself in history at Villa Grecque Kerylos, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cannes vacation builder.

Barcelona, Spain to Cannes is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. December in Cannes sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Orange.

Things to do in Cannes

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Nice, Eze, Villa Kerylos, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Basilica St. Michel
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Villa Kerylos ©
Villa Kerylos
Basilica St. Michel ©
Basilica St. Michel
Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins ©
Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins

3
nights
Orange

Orange ©
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mende Cathedral and Forteresse de Mornas. Get some cultural insight at Meteosite du Mont Aigoual and European Fighter Aircraft Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Orange: Musee de Valence, Art & Archeologie (in Valence), Sarl Nougat Diane de Poytiers (in Montelimar) and Musee Un Siecle de Roulottes (in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musee du Vin Brotte.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Orange holiday planner.

Drive from Cannes to Orange in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cannes in December, expect Orange to be a bit cooler, temps between 50°F and 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Orange

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Tours

Side Trips

Montelimar, Mende Cathedral, Un Siecle de Roulottes, Forteresse de Mornas, Musee de Valence, Art & Archeologie
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Musee de Valence, Art & Archeologie ©
Forteresse de Mornas ©
Forteresse de Mornas
Meteosite du Mont Aigoual ©
Meteosite du Mont Aigoual

4
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
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.
Visit Basilica of Saint-Nazaire and Cathedrale St-Just for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Cathar Castles and Chateau de Queribus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Rennes le chateau (in Rennes-le-Chateau) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Château Comtal, get to know the fascinating history of Carcassonne Medieval City, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Jean, and steep yourself in history at Palais des Rois de Majorque (Palace of the Kings of Majorca).

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Orange to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Nightlife

Side Trips

Perpignan, Chateau de Queribus, Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, Château de Salses, Rennes le chateau
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

3
nights
Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. Let the collections at inVINcible VIGNEron and Musée Académie Des Miniatures capture your imagination. Castle of Montaigut and Fort Saint-Jean d'Alcas will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Albi: Musee Denys-Puech (in Rodez), Aeropaint Paintball Lasergame Millau (in Millau) and Le Jardin des Bêtes (in Gages). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Chateau du Colombier Eden Medieval, examine the collection at Musee/Centre d'Art du Vere, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Mauriac.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Albi travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Albi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Albi

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Castle of Montaigut, Le Jardin des Bêtes, Musee Denys-Puech, Chateau du Colombier Eden Medieval, Fort Saint-Jean d'Alcas
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Castle of Montaigut ©
Castle of Montaigut
Fort Saint-Jean d'Alcas ©
Fort Saint-Jean d'Alcas
Chateau du Colombier Eden Medieval ©

2
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Explore hidden gems such as Chateau des Milandes and Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Beynac and The Maison Forte de Reignac. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil: Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Grotte du Pech-Merle (in Cabrerets). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Abri Pataud, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and make a trip to Galerie Magis.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil custom trip planner.

Drive from Albi to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Chateau des Milandes, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Grotte du Pech-Merle, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle

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