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:  8​h 15​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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Cite Radieuse Le Corbusier, then don't miss a visit to Calanque de Morgiou, then cruise along Route des Cretes, and finally take a memorable drive along Calanque de Port-Miou. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Sentier Pedestre de l’Huveaune and then step off the mainland to explore Ile de frioul.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can 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, expect Marseille to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 23°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Calanque de Port-Miou, Route des Cretes
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Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes
Calanque de Port-Miou ©
Calanque de Port-Miou
Ile de frioul ©
Ile de frioul

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Distillerie A. Blachere and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt and Pont d'Avignon. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Musee du Vin Brotte & Vignobles Mayard), Roussillon (Tapiezo & Il Etait Une Flamme) and Synagogue de Carpentras (in Carpentras). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Musee du Petit Palais, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, learn more about the world around you at Musee Requien, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon journey planner .

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Arles.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Roussillon, Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt, Synagogue de Carpentras, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Musee du Petit Palais ©
Musee du Petit Palais

1
night
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 7th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon, contemplate the long history of Moulin de Daudet, then take in the exciting artwork at Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Vincent. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Les Alyscamps, then hunt for treasures at Le Marche d'Arles, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Arles driving holiday site .

Arles is just a short distance from Avignon. In July, daytime highs in Arles are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Eglise St-Vincent, Chateau de Tarascon
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Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime
Chateau de Tarascon ©
Chateau de Tarascon
Eglise St-Vincent ©
Eglise St-Vincent

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