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 Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: visit Vieille Ville, explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online road trip planner.

Denver, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Denver to Nice. Traveling from Denver in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 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: Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin), Saint-Tropez (Le musée de l’Annonciade & Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime) and Pause Serenite (in La Croix-Valmer). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Louis, 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 take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. 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

Outdoors · Tours · 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, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

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

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

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 Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). 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

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get to know the fascinating history of Place Carnot, and explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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