22 days in South of France Itinerary

22 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France tour planner

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Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Fly to Toulouse, Drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Louisville

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Nice

— 5 nights

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.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see Lérins Islands in Cannes, approximately Cannes away. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: visit Vieille Ville, browse the exhibits of Palais Lascaris, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planner.

Louisville, USA to Nice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Louisville to Nice due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Louisville, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Chateau Feely (in Saussignac) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins d'Eau.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda online trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Nice to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in June since evenings lows in Sarlat-la-Caneda dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Classes

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Cavayere, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne visit site.

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

Avignon

— 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: La Maison Carree (in Nimes), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, don't miss a visit to Moulin de Jerusalem, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Avignon day trip app.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:

Marseille

— 3 nights

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'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, visit The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, head outdoors with Eco Gliss, contemplate the waterfront views at Les Gorges du Verdon, and look for all kinds of wild species at Club de Plongee d'Agay.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael road trip website.

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Tours · Wildlife · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9: