29 days in South of France Itinerary

29 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Lourdes
— 3 nights
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Argeles-sur-Mer
— 3 nights
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Montpellier
— 3 nights
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Nice

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parc du Mont Boron and Haut de Cagnes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Ville medieval (in Vence), Le Suquet (in Cannes) and Antibes (Le Nomade, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, wander the streets of Place Rossetti, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Kelowna, Canada to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Kelowna to Nice, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. January in Nice sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marseille.

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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Marseille

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parc du Mugel and La corniche. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Port de Cassis (in Cassis), Ile du Gaou (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Aix-en-Provence (Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, Vieil Aix, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marseille road trip planning website.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

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Avignon

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon), Mt Ventoux (in Brantes) and Gorges de l'Ardeche (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc). Dedicate the 13th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Avignon, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Jetee d'Andernos les Bains. Venture out of the city with trips to Hermione-La Fayette (in Anglet), Saint-Emilion (Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion & Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion) and Citadelle de Blaye (in Blaye). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, don't miss a visit to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux, admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Avignon to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Parks

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Lourdes

— 3 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Explore hidden gems such as Lac de Genos-Loudenvielle and Zoo d'asson. Explore Lourdes' surroundings by going to Pau (Boulevard des Pyrenees & Château de Pau), Climbing Tours (in Saint-Lary-Soulan) and Cauterets (Pont d'Espagne & Gaube Lake). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Pie X, take an in-depth tour of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Massabielle.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lourdes trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Lourdes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in January, Lourdes is slightly colder at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Toulouse

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Fondation Bemberg. Venture out of the city with trips to Albi (Pont Vieux, Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, &more). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Pont Neuf, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Museum of natural History, and browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo.

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Getting from Lourdes to Toulouse by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Toulouse are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Parks · Tours · Spas

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Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lac de Cavayere, then get a taste of the local shopping with Les Halles de Narbonne, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just, and finally don't miss a visit to Tour Barberousse.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Argeles-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

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Argeles-sur-Mer

— 3 nights
Argelès-sur-Mer is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.It is about 25 km from Perpignan.GeographyArgelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.Argelès-sur-Mer is on the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, close to the Spanish border. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau de Queribus and Ramparts of Villefranche-de-Conflent. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Argeles-sur-Mer: Fort Liberia (in Villefranche-de-Conflent), Gorges de Galamus (in Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet) and Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Moulin de Collioure, get great views at Castillet, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Argeles-sur-Mer tour planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Argeles-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Argeles-sur-Mer

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

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Montpellier

— 3 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Step off the beaten path and head to Porte du Peyrou and Cirque de Navacelles. Explore Montpellier's surroundings by going to Sete (Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, Les Halles de Sete, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre, explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pic Saint-Loup.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Montpellier sightseeing site.

You can drive from Argeles-sur-Mer to Montpellier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Montpellier sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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