17 days in South of France Itinerary

17 days in South of France Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  9 h 15 min
1
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Avignon
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
4
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Castellane
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Tel Aviv

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 27th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Exotique, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and finally make a trip to Vieux Sarlat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda online journey planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sarlat-la-Caneda is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Sarlat-la-Caneda. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Jardin Exotique, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne
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Les Noyeraies du Landers ©
Les Noyeraies du Landers
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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 29th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, then do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Avignon road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

Gordes, Distillerie A. Blachere, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo ©
Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

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.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Calanques, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille trip builder app.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Marseille, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Saint-Raphael is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, head outdoors with Cap du Dramont, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and stroll through Plage de L'Oratoire.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael road trip website.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Theoule sur Mer, Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Abel Baliff Beach ©
Abel Baliff Beach

3
nights
Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Castellane: La Citadelle d'Entrevaux (in Entrevaux), Plateau de Valensole (in Valensole) and Presbytère (in Puget Theniers). Next up on the itinerary: push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac d'Allos.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Castellane day trip tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Castellane in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Castellane, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

La Citadelle d'Entrevaux, Plateau de Valensole, Lac d'Allos, Les Gorges du Verdon, Presbytère
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Plateau de Valensole ©
Plateau de Valensole

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Castellane to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Castellane, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours

Side Trip

Marineland
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Marineland ©
Marineland
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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