53 days in South of France Itinerary

53 days in South of France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Cassis
— 6 nights
2
Le Lavandou
— 4 nights
3
Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
4
Nice
— 7 nights
5
Castellane
— 6 nights
6
Briancon
— 6 nights
7
Gordes
— 6 nights
8
Perpignan
— 5 nights
9
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 7 nights

6
nights
Cassis

Cassis ©
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Visiting Calanques and Calanque d'En-Vau will get you outdoors. Explore Cassis' surroundings by going to Plage de la Coudouliere (in Six-Fours-les-Plages), Giens (Plage du Pradeau, Eglise Saint-Pierre, &more) and Porquerolles Island (Plage Notre Dame & Plage de la Courtade). The adventure continues: stroll through Sentier Jean Francois Jube, get outside with Route des Cretes, kick back and relax at Plage de la Grande Mer, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cassis holiday planning site.

Lille to Cassis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lille in July, expect Cassis to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Cassis

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hyeres, Bandol, La Ciotat, Porquerolles Island, Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 19:
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Calanques ©
Calanques
La Route du Sel ©
La Route du Sel
La Calanque de Figuerolles ©
La Calanque de Figuerolles

4
nights
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Plage d'Aiguebelle. Explore Le Lavandou's surroundings by going to La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Heraclee Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grande Plage du Lavandou, trek along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, and get outside with Plage de Saint-Clair.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Le Lavandou trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Cassis to Le Lavandou takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Le Lavandou, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La Croix-Valmer, La Londe Les Maures
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere

5
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Abel Baliff Beach. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Ramatuelle (Cap Taillat, Plage de l'Escalet, &more), Plage des Marines (in Cogolin) and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Queste (in Grimaud). There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de L'Oratoire, stroll through Plage de la Baumette, and hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Le Lavandou to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, Frejus, Grimaud, Plage du Chateau, Plage des Marines
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer)
Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer)

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Castel Plage and Coco Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Golfe-Juan Vallauris (Plage du Midi & Plage du Soleil), Antibes (Plage Antibes, Plage du Ponteil, &more) and Juan les Pins Main Beach (in Juan-les-Pins). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, get a taste of the local shopping with La Croisette, identify plant and animal life at Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Suquet.

Discover how to plan a Nice trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Nice, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Castellane.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Antibes, Golfe-Juan Vallauris, Cannes, Theoule sur Mer, La Spiaggia
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 4:
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

6
nights
Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Castellane: Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon), Gorges de Daluis (in Guillaumes) and Sentier Planetaire (in Valberg). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Verdon, trek along Starting Point Du Sentier Blanc-Martel, pause for some serene contemplation at Presbytère, and grab your bike and head to Ecole de Trial Happy.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Castellane tour planner.

You can drive from Nice to Castellane in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Castellane: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Briancon.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Presbytère, Ecole de Trial Happy, Village de Bargeme, Reserve Biologique des Monts d'Azur, Route des Cretes La Palud
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 10:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
River Rafting & Tubing

6
nights
Briancon

Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Visiting Serre Chevalier Sensation and L’Accrobranche Serre-Poncon Aventure will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Briancon: Waterworld (in Puget-sur-Argens), Cascade de la Pisse (in Reallon) and Ski Orcieres Merlette (in Orcieres). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Col d'Izoard, identify plant and animal life at Vallee de la Claree, hike along Le refuge Tuckett, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Briancon route builder tool.

Getting from Castellane to Briancon by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gordes.

Things to do in Briancon

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pelvoux, Saint-Chaffrey, Nevache, Col d'Izoard, Waterworld
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 16:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Col d'Izoard ©
Col d'Izoard
Cascade de la Pisse ©
Cascade de la Pisse

6
nights
Gordes

Gordes ©
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Get in touch with nature at Le Sentier des Ocres and Colorado Provencal. Venture out of the city with trips to Grottes de Thouzon (in Le Thor), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Le Carbet Amazonien (in Velleron). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Les Gorges de Regalon, explore the striking landscape at Gorges de la Nesque, stroll through Plage du Cavaou, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Gordes trip planner.

You can drive from Briancon to Gordes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Perpignan.

Things to do in Gordes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Domaine La Garelle, Gorges de la Nesque, Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, Mines de Bruoux, Arnoux et Fils Vignerons
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 22:
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Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres
Mt Ventoux ©
Mt Ventoux
Colorado Provencal ©
Colorado Provencal

5
nights
Perpignan

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and La Plagette. Venture out of the city with trips to L'Ermitage de Forca Real (in Montner), Domaine Preignes Le Vieux (in Vias) and Plage de la Grande Conque (in Cap-d'Agde). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Sentier du Littoral, stroll through Plage des Trois Digues, explore the striking landscape at Grotte de Clamouse, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Perpignan trip planning app.

Getting from Gordes to Perpignan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Perpignan are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Perpignan

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Argeles-sur-Mer, Grotte de Clamouse, L'Ermitage de Forca Real, Plage des Trois Digues, Domaine Preignes Le Vieux
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Grotte de Clamouse ©
Grotte de Clamouse
La Plagette ©
La Plagette

7
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Gouffre de Padirac and Rocher des Aigles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Audrix (Aux Etangs du Bos & Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Limeuil) and Les Grottes de Maxange (in Le Buisson-de-Cadouin). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac, make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, and stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Perpignan to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Perpignan in August, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Audrix, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Grottes de Abbaye de Brantome, Velorail
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 3:
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Gouffre de Padirac ©
Gouffre de Padirac
Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac ©
Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac
Grotte de Rouffignac ©
Grotte de Rouffignac

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