19 days in South of France & Paris Itinerary

19 days in South of France & Paris Itinerary

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Arles
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 7 nights
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Arles

— 5 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Get in touch with nature at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. Visit Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime.

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New York City, USA to Arles is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Arles. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Carcassonne

— 3 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Abbaye de Fontfroide. Explore hidden gems such as Château de Salses and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan) and Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne journey builder site.

Drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

— 7 nights

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Beynac and Lascaux II. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau des Milandes and Abri du Poisson. Venture out of the city with trips to L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur (in Saint-Avit-Senieur), Cloitre de Cadouin (in Cadouin) and Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Campagne, explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, explore the galleries of L'Abri Cro-Magnon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotte du Grand Roc.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Paris.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Paris

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Visit Arc de Triomphe and Île de la Cité for their historical value. Musee Marmottan Monet and Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and stop by 1st Arrondissement.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris route site.

You can fly from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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