13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

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13 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Carcassonne Center
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 45​min
3
Avignon
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Marseille
— 3 nights
5
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Nashville

1
day
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 2nd (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne Center trip builder app .

Nashville, USA to Carcassonne Center is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Nashville to Carcassonne Center, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nashville in June, things will get slightly colder in Carcassonne Center: highs are around 79°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac, and browse the exhibits of Chateau des Milandes.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Carcassonne Center in June since evenings lows in Sarlat-la-Caneda dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then examine the collection at Musee Angladon, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Arenes de Nimes, then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Avignon by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Arenes de Nimes, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

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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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Laser game Evolution (in Les-Pennes-Mirabeau), Hyeres (Parc Sainte-Claire & Plage noire du Langoustier) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Vieil Aix, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille online itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Hyeres, Laser game Evolution, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Calanques ©
Calanques
Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier

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nights
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marineland, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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