21 days in South of France Itinerary

21 days in South of France Itinerary

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21 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
2
Avignon
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Nice
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Toulouse (Room Escape Games & Basilique Saint-Sernin). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and do a tasting at Chateau Canet.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Carcassonne is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Carcassonne. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in November; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toulouse, Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and take in the exciting artwork at Tapiezo.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Avignon route planning site .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gordes, Carrieres des Lumieres, Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Musee Granet, & more), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, relax in the rural setting at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and get your game on at Laser game Evolution.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Marseille tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. November in Marseille sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cassis, Aix-en-Provence, Laser game Evolution, Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole, Route des Cretes
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe (in Cogolin), Kelys (in Sainte-Maxime) and Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans).

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael sightseeing planner .

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Frejus, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Les Gorges du Verdon, Domaine Val d'Iris, Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe
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Notre Dame De Constance ©
Notre Dame De Constance
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Old Town (in Antibes) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, and make a trip to Place Massena.

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Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in December, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Antibes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Lérins Islands
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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