15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Marseille
— 2 nights
2
Carcassonne
— 1 night
3
Grimaud
— 3 nights
4
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
5
Nice
— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Laser game Evolution (in Les-Pennes-Mirabeau), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Cours Mirabeau). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, stop by The Panier, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille sightseeing planner.

New York City, USA to Marseille is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Marseille due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Laser game Evolution, Palais des Papes, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Calanques ©
Calanques

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, thensteep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grimaud.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

3
nights
Grimaud

Grimaud ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Grimaud: La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier & Plage de Gigaro).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grimaud trip maker site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Grimaud in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carcassonne in May: highs in Grimaud hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Grimaud

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sainte-Maxime, La Croix-Valmer, Plage de Pampelonne
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Le Cap Lardier ©
Le Cap Lardier
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Seillans (Domaine Val d'Iris & La Ferme des Cairns). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and look for gifts at Catalan Bougie.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael road trip app.

Traveling by car from Grimaud to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. May in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Seillans, Les Gorges du Verdon, Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
La Ferme des Cairns ©
La Ferme des Cairns

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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: Cannes (La Croisette & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Antibes (Marché provençal & Galerie des Bains-Douches). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes
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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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