7 days in South of France Itinerary

7 days in South of France Itinerary

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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Nimes
— 1 night
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 2 nights

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Carcassonne

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal du Midi, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just.

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If you are flying in from Sweden, the closest major aiports are Carcassonne Airport, Perpignan-Rivesaltes (Llabanère) Airport, Béziers-Vias Airport and Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nimes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

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Nimes

— 1 night

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Nimes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Nimes sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 4°C at night. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nimes

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Aix-en-Provence

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, and finally explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Cours Mirabeau, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Nimes to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Neighborhoods
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Nice

— 2 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.
On the 27th (Mon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Lérins Islands and then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

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You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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