8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

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8 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Eindhoven
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Marseille
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Avignon
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
3
Arles
— 1 night
train:  1​h
End: Marseille

2
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ile de frioul, explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and then take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain and then don't miss a visit to Calanque de Morgiou.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Marseille tour itinerary maker tool .

Eindhoven, Holland to Marseille is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Eindhoven in July, things will get a bit warmer in Marseille: highs are around 36°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

La Ciotat
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Ile de frioul ©
Ile de frioul
Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain ©
MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain

4
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
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.
Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt and Musee 1900 will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Un Siecle de Roulottes and Distillerie A. Blachere. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Tapiezo (in Roussillon) and Uzes Cathedral (in Uzes). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, pause for some photo ops at Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon, learn more about the world around you at Musee Requien, and examine the collection at Musee Angladon.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Avignon sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Arles.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Uzes, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Le Fort de Buoux, Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt, Tapiezo
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Un Siecle de Roulottes ©
Un Siecle de Roulottes
Musee 1900 ©
Musee 1900

1
night
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Vincent, admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally view the masterpieces at Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then stroll the grounds of Les Alyscamps, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Le Marche d'Arles.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Arles trip planner .

Arles is just a stone's throw from Avignon. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Les Baux de Provence
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Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Eglise St-Vincent ©
Eglise St-Vincent
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

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