60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Porto, Corsica
— 3 nights
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 6 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 8 nights
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Avignon
— 7 nights
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La Croix-Valmer
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 8 nights
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Nice
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Marseille — 6 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.
Get in touch with nature at Trolib and Plage de la Courtade. You'll get in some beach time at Plage d'Argent and Plage du Capelan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Calanque d'En-Vau (in Cassis), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet). Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and wander the streets of The Panier.

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Brisbane, Australia to Marseille is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Marseille is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Marseille to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Corsica — 3 nights

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Torra d'Omigna and Les Calanche Cliffs. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Beach of Bussaglia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Piana (Plage de Ficajola & D81).

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Getting from Marseille to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Porto are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Porto-Vecchio.
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica — 6 nights

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Bonifacio Citadel and Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage de Palombaggia and Plage de San Giovanni. Venture out of the city with trips to Porto Pollo Plongee (in Serra-di-Ferro), Bonifacio (Plage du Grand Sperone, Iles Lavezzi, &more) and Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi (in Pianottoli-Caldarello). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Santa Giulia and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina.

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Getting from Porto to Porto-Vecchio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Porto-Vecchio, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 5 nights

Chateau de Castelnaud and St-Pierre-Toirac Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Bonaguil will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac (in Salviac), Eglise Saint Barthelemy (in Prayssac) and Plan d'eau le Lac Vert (in Catus).

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Getting from Porto-Vecchio to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Porto-Vecchio in July, with highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 8 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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Voile Verte and Mount Perdu. Get some cultural insight at Cité de Carcassonne and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan) and Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins & Basilique Saint-Sernin). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, and see some colorful creatures with Belouga Plongee.

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Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 7 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.
Palais des Papes and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Venture out of the city with trips to Bertrand Bosc (in Montpellier), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to La Croix-Valmer.
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La Croix-Valmer — 5 nights

La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de Gigaro and Plage Des Brouis. You'll get in some beach time at Heraclee Beach and Plage de Sylvabelle. Explore La Croix-Valmer's surroundings by going to Plage de l'Estagnol (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Le Lavandou (Grande Plage du Lavandou, Plage de La Fossette, &more) and Plage du Pellegrin (in La Londe Les Maures). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron and stroll through Plage du Debarquement.

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Getting from Avignon to La Croix-Valmer by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 8 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Sac A Main En Liege are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Calanque de Maubois and Plage du Chateau. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Plage de Guerrevieille (in Grimaud) and Saint-Tropez (La Ponche Beach, Plage des Canebiers, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Abel Baliff Beach, stroll through Plage de la Baumette, see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, and take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon.

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Traveling by car from La Croix-Valmer to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 10 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and La Croisette. You'll get in some beach time at Castel Plage and Coco Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Marche Forville, Le Suquet, &more) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). There's lots more to do: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris.

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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. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, expect nights in Nice to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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