12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 day
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
4
Avignon
— 1 night
5
Marseille
— 1 night
6
Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
7
Nice
— 4 nights

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day
Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou ©
On the 17th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Futuroscope.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou online attractions planner.

Paris to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. August in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks
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Futuroscope ©
Futuroscope

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Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Step out of Sarlat-la-Caneda with an excursion to Le Regourdou in Lascaux--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, admire the masterpieces at Lascaux II, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, and admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip site.

Getting from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Sarlat-la-Caneda by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Lascaux II, Chateau de Commarque
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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 21st (Fri), explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

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Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Orange, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Roman Theatre of Orange, Distillerie A. Blachere
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Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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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 23rd (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Marseille road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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night
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 24th (Mon), hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), then take a memorable tour with TakSea, and finally delve into the distant past at Barrage de Malpasset.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael tour itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Barrage de Malpasset
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TakSea ©
TakSea
Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer)
Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer)
Barrage de Malpasset ©
Barrage de Malpasset

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Nice

Nice ©
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 out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: stop by Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, kick back and relax at Plage Naturiste De La Batterie, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in August: highs in Nice hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antibes, Plage Naturiste De La Batterie, Galerie Lifetime Gallery
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Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais
Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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