60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Saint-Raphael
— 7 nights
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Hyeres
— 8 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Avignon
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne
— 8 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 6 nights
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 6 nights
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Nice
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Saint-Raphael

— 7 nights
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 Calanque de Maubois. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Abel Baliff Beach and Port Grimaud 1 Beach. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Plage des Canebiers (in Saint-Tropez), Sainte-Maxime (Plage de la Madrague & Plage de la Nartelle) and Grimaud (Plage des Cigales, Plage du Vieux Moulin, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, stroll through Plage du Chateau, enjoy the sand and surf at Agay Beach, and explore the ancient world of Barrage de Malpasset.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Saint-Raphael. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

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Hyeres

— 8 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Cavaliere. Step out of the city life by going to Decouverte du Vivant and Plage du Pradeau. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Plage de la Faviere) and Le Lavandou (Plage de l'Anglade, Grande Plage du Lavandou, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Plage La Capte, explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and kick back and relax at Plage de Renecros.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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Marseille

— 7 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bestouan Beach and Plage Lumiere. Escape the urban bustle at Trolib and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Cours Mirabeau, &more), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and go for a walk through Calanque de Port-Miou.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. You'll explore and learn at Carrieres des Lumieres and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and examine the collection at Un Siecle de Roulottes.

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You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Avignon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee des Augustins and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Chateaux de Lastours. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Perpignan (Castillet & Cathedrale St-Jean), Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet) and Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins & Basilique Saint-Sernin). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, and see some colorful creatures with Terre Liquide.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 6 nights
Appreciate the collections at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and Musee Zadkine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Beynac. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: Plan d'eau le Lac Vert (in Catus), Domaine Des Sangliers (in Puy-l'Eveque) and Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle visit planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle when traveling from Carcassonne in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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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. Get in touch with nature at Plage de Palombaggia and Nature Reserve of Scandola. You'll get in some beach time at Plage de Santa Giulia and Plage de la Tour Genoise Fautea. Get out of town with these interesting Porto-Vecchio side-trips: Porto Pollo Plongee (in Serra-di-Ferro), Pianottoli-Caldarello (Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi & Plage de San Giovanni) and Plage de Porto Pollo (in Porto Pollo). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Iles Lavezzi, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina, don't miss a visit to Bonifacio Citadel, and head outdoors with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Porto-Vecchio driving holiday tool.

Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Porto-Vecchio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Porto-Vecchio when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

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Nice

— 9 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.
Get some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Picasso. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes), Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Place Massena, see what you can catch with Riviera fly-fishing, and browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Porto-Vecchio to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. In October in Nice, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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