23 days in South of France Itinerary

23 days in South of France Itinerary

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Fly to Toulouse, Train to Lourdes
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Lourdes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
— 1 night
Drive
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Rodez
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Orange
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Lourdes

— 2 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the galleries of Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, then steep yourself in history at Basilique Saint-Pie X, and finally see the interesting displays at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Feerie Gourmande - Atelier et Musee des Arts Sucres, then see the interesting displays at Château de Pau, and then don't miss a visit to Boulevard des Pyrenees.

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Miami, USA to Lourdes is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Miami to Lourdes due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Miami in May; daily highs in Lourdes reach 67°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

— 2 nights

Prehistoric Capital

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
On the 20th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil, and then steep yourself in history at Château de Biron. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques, then explore the historical opulence of The Maison Forte de Reignac, then Head underground at Grotte de Font de Gaume, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 21:

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

— 1 night
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. On the 22nd (Sat), engage your brain at Grotte du Pech-Merle, examine the collection at Musée de l'insolite, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Cenevieres, then see the interesting displays at Le Musee Rignault, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie.

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Getting from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Rodez.

Things to do in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Rodez

— 3 nights
Rodez is a small city and commune in the South of France, about 150 km northeast of Toulouse. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Champollion and Musee Fenaille. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Rodez and Eglise Abbatiale Sainte-Foy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rodez: Forteresse de Najac (in Najac), Village de Conques (in Conques) and Eglise Sainte-Eulalie (in Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Belcastel and examine the collection at Musee Soulages Rodez.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rodez tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to Rodez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Rodez, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Rodez

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

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.
On the 26th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge). Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Rennes le chateau and then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Rodez to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Orange.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Orange

— 3 nights
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Appreciate the collections at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche and Le Chaudron d'Or. Step off the beaten path and head to Forteresse de Mornas and Chateau de Crussol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orange: La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte), Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan) and Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange and explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de l'Ardeche.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Orange trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Orange by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Orange

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 30:

Aix-en-Provence

— 3 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore hidden gems such as Eglise St-Trophime and St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbaye du Thoronet and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Site Archeologique de Glanum (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes) and Marseille (Abbaye Saint Victor & Cathédrale La Major). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix and explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre.

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Getting from Orange to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Bonifacio.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:

Bonifacio, Corsica

— 2 nights
At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte Croix, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, don't miss a visit to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then contemplate the long history of Bastion de L'Etendard, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, relax in the rural setting at U Porcu RANGER, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bonifacio online journey builder.

You can fly from Aix-en-Provence to Bonifacio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, ferry, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Bonifacio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Villa Kerylos and Promenade Le Corbusier. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate and Chemin Frédéric Nietzsche. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes), Menton (Basilica St. Michel & Cemetery of the Old Chateau) and Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite & Le Suquet). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Èze, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nice tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Bonifacio in June, expect nights in Nice to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8: