7 days in South of France Itinerary

7 days in South of France Itinerary

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7 days in South of France Itinerary

Toronto
Fly + bus + train:  13​h 45​min
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Albi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Orange
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Cannes
— 1 night
train + Fly:  12​h 45​min
Toronto

1
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Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
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.
On the 15th (Sun), learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

Before you visit Carcassonne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Toronto, Canada to Carcassonne is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in April, expect Carcassonne to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Albi.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

#Historic Sites, #Wineries

Side Trip

O'Vineyards
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

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Albi

Albi ©
Albi is a commune in southern France. On the 16th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy, take in the views from Pont Vieux, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Albi driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Albi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Albi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Orange.

Things to do in Albi

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
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Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy ©
Les Jardins de la Berbie ©
Les Jardins de la Berbie
Pont Vieux ©
Pont Vieux

2
days
Orange

Orange ©
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum and then delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, examine the collection at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grignan.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Orange road trip planner.

Drive from Albi to Orange in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Orange

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Grignan, Site Archeologique de Glanum, La Maison Carree, Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Chateau de Grignan ©
Chateau de Grignan
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum

2
days
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and then get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet and then take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cannes online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Orange to Cannes takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Shopping

Side Trips

Eze, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

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