22 days in South of France Itinerary

22 days in South of France Itinerary

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22 days in South of France Itinerary

Belfast
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Nice
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
Antibes
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Avignon
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carcassonne Center
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
Belfast

4
days
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence. Head to Avenue Jean Medecin and Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleyafor some retail therapy. When in Nice, make a side trip to see La Petite Cave de Saint Paul in St-Paul-de-Vence, approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, step into the grandiose world of Palais Lascaris, and browse the different shops at Polygone Riviera.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nice online itinerary maker .

Belfast, UK to Nice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belfast to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belfast in March, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 18°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Antibes.

Things to do in Nice

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Polygone Riviera, VinAzur - Vins de provence
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

2
days
Antibes

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Marché provençal, look for gifts at L'Antre des Delices, then steep yourself in history at Fort Carre, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at GALERIE art Le CAMELEON, admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, then stop by La Verrerie de Biot, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Verrerie Pierini.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Antibes vacation website .

Antibes is just a stone's throw from Nice. In April in Antibes, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Cannes.

Things to do in Antibes

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Biot
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Musee Picasso ©
Musee Picasso
Fort Carre ©
Fort Carre

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, and then browse the exhibits of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannes route planner.

Cannes is just a short distance from Antibes. Traveling from Antibes in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cannes, with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Cannes

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

2
days
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 8th (Sun), stop by O Delices de Brice, then see the interesting displays at Granet Museum, and then examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then do a tasting at Chateau La Coste en Provence, then see the interesting displays at Foundation Vasarely, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence day trip tool .

Drive from Cannes to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

#Museums, #Wineries, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

O Delices de Brice
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Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Granet Museum ©
Granet Museum

4
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Natural History Museum of The Ardeche. Appreciate the collections at Site Archeologique de Glanum and L' Artisan Nougatier. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to European Fighter Aircraft Museum (in Montelimar), Musee du Vin Brotte (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Caverne du Pont d'Arc (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, see the interesting displays at Musée Angladon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Boutique John Gormsen.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Avignon travel planner .

Do a combination of bus and train from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Arles.

Things to do in Avignon

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

Montelimar, Caverne du Pont d'Arc, Musee du Vin Brotte, Site Archeologique de Glanum, Natural History Museum of The Ardeche
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Musee du Petit Palais ©
Musee du Petit Palais
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum

2
days
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Les Halles de Nîmes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, and then contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes). On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Moulin de Daudet, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres de Lumieres, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Les Alyscamps.

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Arles is very close to Avignon. In April, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Les Halles, Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons
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Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Carrieres de Lumieres ©
Carrieres de Lumieres
Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence

5
days
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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilica of Saint-Nazaire and Carcassonne Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at L'Atelier des Vignerons and Abbey of Saint-Hilaire. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Olonzac Market (in Olonzac), Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret) and Narbonne (Via Domitia of Narbonne & Palais des Archeveques). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, look for gifts at Le Trouve Tout Du Livre, see the interesting displays at Musee des Dinosaures 'Dinosauria', and contemplate the long history of Berenger Sauniere Museum.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne journey builder .

Getting from Arles to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Narbonne, Rennes-le-Chateau, Le Trouve Tout Du Livre, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, Chateau de Termes
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Abbey of Saint-Hilaire ©
Abbey of Saint-Hilaire
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire ©
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

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