18 days in South of France Itinerary

18 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
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Cassis
— 1 night
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
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Castellane
— 3 nights
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Nice

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 14th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nice attractions site.

Paris to Nice is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Forcerie Vial and then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), then identify plant and animal life at TakSea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip maker site.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nice in August: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

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Marseille

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.
You've now added One Day in Provence - Day Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get a tailor-made plan with One Day in Provence - Day Tours, stop by The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

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Avignon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rocher des Doms, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

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Carcassonne

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

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Sarlat-la-Caneda

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Sarlat-la-Caneda is known for shopping, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in August, Sarlat-la-Caneda is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Cassis.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

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Cassis

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church, and then take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, then step off the mainland to explore Ile des Embiez, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Atlantide.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cassis trip planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Cassis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, Cassis is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cassis

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

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Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 26th (Wed), visit Port Grimaud, examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then fly like a bird with Marine Air Sport, and finally go for a walk through St. Tropez Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, kick back and relax at Plage de l'Escalet, and then head outdoors with Cap Taillat.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Cassis to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Castellane.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

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Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take in the views from Pont du Roc, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at CitroMuseum, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then make a trip to Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Castellane holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Castellane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Castellane

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.