30 days in South of France Itinerary

30 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France travel planner

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Le Nomade & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nice day trip planner.

Medellin, Colombia to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Colombia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. While traveling from Medellin, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:

Saint-Tropez

— 5 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Tropez: Hyeres (La Route du Sel & Plage noire du Langoustier), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Fort de Bregancon & Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas) and Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle & Plage de Cavaliere). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, visit Port Grimaud, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne, and see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tour Carree.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Saint-Tropez trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saint-Tropez when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Seillans (La Ferme des Cairns & Domaine Val d'Iris) and Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, get outside with Cap du Dramont, tour the pleasant surroundings at Calanque de Maubois, and explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael day trip planning app.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour), Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, hunt for treasures at Sarlat Market, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, and step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda route planning app.

You can fly from Saint-Raphael to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in September, Sarlat-la-Caneda is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Step out of Carcassonne to go to Niaux and see Grotte de Niaux, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Eglise St-Trophime), Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon planning tool.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:

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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Decouverte du Vivant (in Sanary-sur-Mer) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, head outdoors with Trolib, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Marseille itinerary planner.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Marseille, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30: