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: San Francisco
Fly + train:  17​h 30​min
1
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Rodez
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  3​h
5
Calvi, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale and then take a stroll through Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent's Church.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center day trip planning app .

San Francisco, USA to Carcassonne Center is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. September in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

La cité médiévale, O'Vineyards
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La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
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.
On the 4th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, and finally step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Roc de Cazelle, then examine the collection at Musee du Machinisme Agricole et Automobile, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 51°F in Sarlat-la-Caneda. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rodez.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Musee du Machinisme Agricole et Automobile, Chateau de Beynac, The Maison Forte de Reignac
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac

3
nights
Rodez

Rodez ©
Rodez is a small city and commune in the South of France, about 150 km northeast of Toulouse. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee Soulages and Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez. Visit Chateau de Cenevieres and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Rodez side-trips: Musee Toulouse-Lautrec (in Albi), Forteresse de Najac (in Najac) and Maison de la Photo (in Villeneuve d'Aveyron). The adventure continues: make a trip to Village de Conques, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Belcastel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbatiale Sainte-Foy de Conques.

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Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Rodez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. When traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, plan for little chillier days in Rodez, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Rodez

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Albi, Conques, Forteresse de Najac, Chateau de Cenevieres, Chateau Belcastel
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez
Chateau de Cenevieres ©
Chateau de Cenevieres
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec ©
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Orange, and then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip planning tool .

Drive from Rodez to Avignon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rodez in September; daily highs in Avignon reach 79°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Calvi.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Carrieres des Lumieres, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Site Archeologique de Glanum ©
Site Archeologique de Glanum

2
nights
Calvi, Corsica

Calvi ©
Calvi is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It is the seat of the Canton of Calvi, which contains Calvi and one other commune, Lumio. On the 11th (Wed), kick back and relax at Arinella and Algaio Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Sant'Antonino, then get great views at Village abandonné d'Occi, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Calvi. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Gorges du Tavignano, then don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, then don't miss a visit to Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Calvi online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Avignon to Calvi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Calvi are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Calvi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Corsica, Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite et de Saint Jean-Baptiste, Eglise de Sant'Antonino
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Village abandonné d'Occi ©
Village abandonné d'Occi
Eglise de Sant'Antonino ©
Eglise de Sant'Antonino
Les Calanche Cliffs ©
Les Calanche Cliffs

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Le Suquet and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée Marc Chagall. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to La Croisette (in Cannes) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Palais Lascaris, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nice journey maker site .

Fly from Calvi to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
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Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

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