22 days in South of France Itinerary

22 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip planner

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Nice

— 4 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to La Croisette (in Cannes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's much more to do: visit Vieille Ville, explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Nice online trip itinerary maker.

Denver, USA to Nice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Denver to Nice. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in October since evenings lows in Nice dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:

Hyeres

— 4 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Pause Serenite (in La Croix-Valmer), Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin) and Saint-Tropez (Le musée de l’Annonciade & Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Anglicane, take in the spiritual surroundings of La Certosa di La Verne, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hyeres trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 18:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Marseille are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire, and admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Avignon day trip website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Parks

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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, make a trip to La Porte D'aude, and snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:

Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Go for a jaunt from Bordeaux to Pyla-sur-Mer to see La Grande Dune du Pilat about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, snap pictures at Pont de Pierre, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, and shop like a local with La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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