15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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15 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
2
Avignon
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cogolin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Nashville

1
night
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of School Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and finally take a stroll through Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, make a trip to Cité de Carcassonne, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center online travel route planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Nashville to Carcassonne Center. Traveling from Nashville in May, expect Carcassonne Center to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Arenes de Nimes (in Nimes), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, examine the collection at Musee Angladon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres, and admire all the interesting features of Mines de Bruoux.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner .

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Gordes, Arenes de Nimes, Mines de Bruoux, Carrieres des Lumieres, Pont du Gard
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence to see Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence about 38 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Parc national des Calanques. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marseille tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Marseille sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Cogolin.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Calanques ©
Calanques

2
nights
Cogolin

Cogolin ©
Cogolin is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 8th (Mon), kick back and relax at Plage de Sylvabelle, walk around Domaine du Rayol, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe, trek along Sentier Botanique, then see the vivid underwater world at Le Cap Lardier, and finally stroll through Heraclee Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cogolin online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Cogolin takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Cogolin are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Cogolin

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Domaine du Rayol, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Le Cap Lardier ©
Le Cap Lardier
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice trip planning website .

Getting from Cogolin to Nice by car takes about 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cogolin in June: highs in Nice hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Marineland
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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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