14 days in South of France Itinerary

14 days in South of France Itinerary

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14 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Montpellier
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 15​min
5
Avignon
— 1 night
Train:  45​min
6
Marseille
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

3
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, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nice tour planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Nice is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Nice: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Marineland
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Marineland ©
Marineland
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then stop by Catalan Bougie. On the next day, have fun and explore at Maison du Patrimoine, then get your game on at Fun City, and then take in the views from Le Pont des Fees.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 2°C in Saint-Raphael. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Fun & Games Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Le Pont des Fees, Fun City, Maison du Patrimoine
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Fun City ©
Fun City
Maison du Patrimoine ©
Maison du Patrimoine
Le Pont des Fees ©
Le Pont des Fees

1
night
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 28th (Sat), hit the slopes at Station de Ski Montclar, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Carcassonne in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Montpellier.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

1
night
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, then explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, and then identify plant and animal life at Maison de la Nature.

Discover how to plan a Montpellier trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Take a train from Carcassonne to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Montpellier

Parks Wildlife Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Maison de la Nature ©
Maison de la Nature
Musee Fabre ©
Musee Fabre
Cathedrale St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale St-Pierre

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Domain du Banneret, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Avignon road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Montpellier to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Montpellier in December, with highs in Avignon at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Wineries Fun & Games

Side Trip

Domain du Banneret
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Domain du Banneret ©
Domain du Banneret

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne and Accro Aventures. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas), Montopoto (in Saint-Cannat) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Musee Granet, & more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip planning website .

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in December, you will find days in Marseille are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Montopoto, Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne, Accro Aventures, Domaine Sainte Marie
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne ©
Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne
Montopoto ©
Montopoto

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