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 Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole & Site Archeologique de Glanum). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

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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 · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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 Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Explore hidden gems such as Château de Salses and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan), Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne) 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).

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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 · Neighborhoods · Parks · 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 Prehistorical site of Castel-Merle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Campagne. Venture out of the city with trips to Lascaux II (in Montignac), L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur (in Saint-Avit-Senieur) and Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange, make a trip to Cloitre de Cadouin, see the interesting displays at Abri Pataud, and get engrossed in the history at L'Abri Cro-Magnon.

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Drive from Carcassonne to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) to allow enough time to 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 Hotel de Ville for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Ile Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee Marmottan Monet, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and examine the collection at Atelier des Lumieres.

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You can fly from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in May, plan for slightly colder days in Paris, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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