15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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Fly
1
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
2
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Avignon
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

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 11th (Sun), explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Le Parc Australien, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St. Vincent, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole.

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London, UK to Carcassonne is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Carcassonne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect Carcassonne to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Tue), get outside with a canoë raid, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle road trip tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

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Nice

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: stop by Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, look for gifts at VinAzur - Vins de provence, and kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

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Traveling by flight from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Nice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Nice. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
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: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Ramatuelle (Cap Taillat & Tahiti Plage) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, find something for the whole family at Aqualand Frejus, don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon.

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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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in July since evenings lows in Saint-Raphael dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

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 Trolib (in Cassis), Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales (in Bandol) and Six-Fours-les-Plages (Var Lamas & Sea Adventure). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc National des Calanques.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Avignon

— 2 nights

City of Popes

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 24th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and then snap pictures at Pont du Gard. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and then trek along Le Sentier des Ocres.

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You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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