28 days in South of France Itinerary

28 days in South of France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nice
— 5 nights
2
Biarritz
— 4 nights
3
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 2 nights
4
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
5
Perpignan
— 3 nights
6
Arles
— 2 nights
7
Marseille
— 6 nights

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Musée Marc Chagall. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Napoleonien (in Antibes), Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI (in Biot) and Cannes (Casino Barriere Les Princes, Le Suquet, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, make a trip to Place Massena, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, and examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Biarritz.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Villa Kerylos, Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:
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Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Cote des Basques and Paramoteur 64. Let the collections at Villa Arnaga and Chateau Fort of Lourdes capture your imagination. Explore Biarritz's surroundings by going to Pau (Boulevard des Pyrenees & Château de Pau), Bordeaux (Tour Pey-Berland, St. Andre Cathedral, &more) and Lourdes (Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, Grotte de Massabielle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, do a tasting at Cru Lamouroux, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and get a taste of the local shopping with Banaka.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Biarritz trip app.

Getting from Nice to Biarritz by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Biarritz

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lourdes, Bordeaux, Pau, Cambo les Bains, Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:
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Chateau Fort of Lourdes ©
Chateau Fort of Lourdes
Villa Arnaga ©
Villa Arnaga
Château de Pau ©
Château de Pau

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, then explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte du Grand Roc. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac, make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, then contemplate the long history of The Maison Forte de Reignac, and finally don't miss a visit to Chateau de Commarque.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Biarritz to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Biarritz in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

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

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau des Milandes, Chateau de Beynac, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, Grotte de Rouffignac
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac
Chateau de Commarque ©
Chateau de Commarque

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cité de Carcassonne and Cathedrale St-Just. Venture out of the city with trips to Albi (Pont Vieux & Musee Toulouse-Lautrec), Notre-Dame-des-Auzils (in Gruissan) and Grotte de Clamouse (in Saint-Jean-de-Fos). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Perpignan.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Albi, Toulouse, Notre-Dame-des-Auzils, Grotte de Clamouse, Cathedrale St-Just
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

3
nights
Perpignan

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Step out of the city life by going to Gorges de Galamus and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet. Get some cultural insight at Abbaye de Fontfroide and Chateau Royale de Collioure. Change things up with these side-trips from Perpignan: Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan) and Fort Saint-Elme (in Collioure). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Château de Salses, take a stroll through Quartier du Moure, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Jean, and stroll around Promenade du Front de Mer.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Perpignan trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Perpignan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Arles.

Things to do in Perpignan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Collioure, Argeles-sur-Mer, Eglise Notre-Dame de la Nativite, Gorges de Galamus, Chateau de Castelnou
Find places to stay May 2 — 5:
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Spas
Chateau de Queribus ©
Chateau de Queribus
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses

2
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Arles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Perpignan to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Arles, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Carrieres des Lumieres
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime

6
nights
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.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais des Papes will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathédrale La Major and Roman Theatre of Orange. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon), Aix-en-Provence (Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, Vieil Aix, &more) and Montelimar (Le Chaudron d'Or & Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, explore the galleries of Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Grignan, and explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Arles to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Montelimar, Roman Theatre of Orange, Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Find places to stay May 7 — 13:
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Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac ©
Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

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