27 days in South of France Itinerary

27 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip planner
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Nice — 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Matisse. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and La Croisette. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Chapelle des Penitents Blancs (in Peillon), Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery 26, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary website.

San Francisco, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Nice. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Granet and Paul Cezanne’s Studio. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Saint Louis (in Hyeres), Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Cours Mirabeau) and Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, visit The Panier, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 4 nights

City of Popes

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.
Get some historical perspective at Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Carrieres des Lumieres and Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), La Maison Carree (in Nimes) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Avignon tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Avignon sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 5 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cité de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Popular historic sites such as Chateaux de Lastours and Carcassonne Cathedral are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Carcassonne to Brousses-et-Villaret to see Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, contemplate the long history of La Bastide Saint Louis, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne online route planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 2 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and then stroll through Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. On your second day here, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Toulouse trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Toulouse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Toulouse sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Popular historic sites such as Place de la Bourse and Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at St. Andre Cathedral and Chateau Royal de Cognac. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Bergerac Wine Tours (in Eymet), Chateau Laniote (in Saint-Emilion) and Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, and admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online travel planner.

Drive from Toulouse to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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