12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip planner

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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Toulouse
— 1 night
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Nice

— 4 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Lérins Islands, Galerie1414, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, make a trip to Place Massena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nice online vacation maker.

Panama City, Panama to Nice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Panama City to Nice is 6 hours. Traveling from Panama City in December, expect Nice to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

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 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take a stroll through The Panier. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, Marseille is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Avignon

— 1 night

City of Popes

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 8th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Avignon tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in December, things will get a bit cooler in Avignon: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

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.
On the 9th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Toulouse

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, then soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Toulouse trip site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Spas · Baths · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Bordeaux

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
On the 11th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Place du Parlement, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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