23 days in Lyon & South of France Itinerary

23 days in Lyon & South of France Itinerary

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23 days in Lyon & South of France Itinerary

Start: Geneva
1
Lyon
— 2 nights
tram + Fly:  3​h
2
Nice
— 4 nights
3
Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Cassis
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
5
Marseille
— 1 night
train:  1​h
6
Arles
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Avignon
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
8
Nimes
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
9
Montpellier
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Carcassonne Center
— 2 nights
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Lyon

Lyon ©
Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
On the 10th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and then take a stroll through Cite medievale de Perouges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, then examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts.

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Geneva, Switzerland to Lyon is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. June in Lyon sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Nice.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cite medievale de Perouges
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Get some cultural insight at Vieille Ville and Haut de Cagnes. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Basilica St. Michel (in Menton), Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Escalet Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, and step into the grandiose world of Grimaud Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip website .

Do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

La Croisette, Basilica St. Michel, Plage de l'Escalet, Promenade Le Corbusier, Chateau de Grimaud
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Villa Kerylos ©
Villa Kerylos
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Promenade Le Corbusier ©
Promenade Le Corbusier

1
night
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque, see the interesting displays at Granet Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally examine the collection at La Confiserie du Roy René. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, then explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally make a trip to Cours Mirabeau.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence online journey planner .

You can drive from Nice to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre ©
Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre
Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio

3
nights
Cassis

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cassis online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Cassis takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Cassis

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Fort Balaguier, La Calanque de Figuerolles
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Kayaking & Canoeing
La Calanque de Figuerolles ©
La Calanque de Figuerolles
Calanques ©
Calanques

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau d'If, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise des Reformes - Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Vincent, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then see the interesting displays at Regards de Provence, and finally take a stroll through The Panier.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner .

Marseille is very close to Cassis. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Eglise St-Vincent
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If

3
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Musee Reattu, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Arles online route planner .

You can take a train from Marseille to Arles in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Arles

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Carrieres des Lumieres, Chateau de Tarascon
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Chateau de Tarascon ©
Chateau de Tarascon

2
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.
Popular historic sites such as Roman Theatre of Orange and Ile de la Barthelasse are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Forteresse de Mornas and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with a short trip to L'Artisan Nougatier in Montelimar (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and pause for some photo ops at Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Avignon online holiday planner .

Avignon is just a stone's throw from Arles. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Nimes.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Villeneuve-les-Avignon, L'Artisan Nougatier, Roman Theatre of Orange, Forteresse de Mornas
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Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Forteresse de Mornas ©
Forteresse de Mornas

2
nights
Nimes

Nimes ©
Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see where the action happens at Arenes de Nimes, wander the streets of Place de l'Horloge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Et-Saint-Castor de Nimes, then delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, and finally have fun and explore at Musee 1900.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nimes holiday planner .

You can take a train from Avignon to Nimes in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June in Nimes, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Montpellier.

Things to do in Nimes

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Uzes
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Musee 1900 ©
Musee 1900
Un Siecle de Roulottes ©
Un Siecle de Roulottes
La Maison Carree ©
La Maison Carree

2
nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Porte du Peyrou, Cathedrale St-Pierre and Jardin des Plantes. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Valmagne, do a tasting at Maison Noilly Prat, and then steep yourself in history at Porte du Peyrou. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Plantes, then take a stroll through Place de la Comedie, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale de Maguelone - Domaine de Maguelone.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Montpellier planner .

Montpellier is just a stone's throw from Nimes. June in Montpellier sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Maison Noilly Prat, Cathedrale de Maguelone - Domaine de Maguelone, Abbaye de Valmagne
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Abbaye de Valmagne ©
Abbaye de Valmagne
Porte du Peyrou ©
Porte du Peyrou

2
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
You've now added Le Musee de la Torture de Carcassone to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): examine the collection at Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and then explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, wander the streets of Carcassonne Medieval City, steep yourself in history at Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, and finally see the interesting displays at Le Musee de la Torture de Carcassone.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne Center in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Abbey of Saint-Hilaire, Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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