27 days in South of France Itinerary

27 days in South of France Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Biarritz
— 3 nights
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
3
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
4
Avignon
— 3 nights
5
Marseille
— 3 nights
6
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
7
Castellane
— 3 nights
8
Nice
— 4 nights

3
nights
Biarritz

A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Change things up with these side-trips from Biarritz: Chateau Observatoire Abbadia (in Hendaye) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Biarritz, pause for some photo ops at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and stroll through La Cote des Basques.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Biarritz road trip planning website.

London, UK to Biarritz is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Biarritz. Traveling from London in July, Biarritz is a bit warmer at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, L'Atelier du Piment, Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, River Rafting & Tubing, Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Villa Arnaga ©
Villa Arnaga
L'Atelier du Piment ©
L'Atelier du Piment

4
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
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.
Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Grotte des Carbonnieres (in Lacave) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac.

Start your trip to Sarlat-la-Caneda by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Biarritz to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from Biarritz in July, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Gouffre de Padirac, Grotte de Rouffignac, Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 1:
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Les Noyeraies du Landers ©
Les Noyeraies du Landers
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

3
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Domaine Preignes Le Vieux (in Vias). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and cool off at Parc Aquaviva.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Grotte de Niaux, Domaine Preignes Le Vieux
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Grotte de Niaux ©
Grotte de Niaux

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres), Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, Head underground at Aven Grotte Forestiere, don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, and sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon road trip site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gordes, Les Vignerons de Tavel, Pont du Gard, Aven Grotte Forestiere, Distillerie A. Blachere
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Aven Grotte Forestiere ©
Aven Grotte Forestiere
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Cassis). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, wander the streets of The Panier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc National des Calanques.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Marseille online travel planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Route des Cretes
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Colgan's Brewery (in Mouans-Sartoux). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, look for gifts at Catalan Bougie, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and head outdoors with Cap Taillat.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Theoule sur Mer, Saint-Tropez, Scuba & Snorkeling, Waterworld lake of gaudrade, Colgan's Brewery
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Colgan's Brewery ©
Colgan's Brewery

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Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Venture out of the city with trips to Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon), Entrevaux (La Citadelle d'Entrevaux, Porte Royale, &more) and Presbytère (in Puget Theniers). And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Castellane day trip planning tool.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Castellane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Castellane, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Entrevaux, Route des Cretes La Palud, Les Gorges du Verdon, Presbytère
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: visit Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Le Voeu, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Castellane to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Castellane in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cannes, Marineland
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Marineland ©
Marineland

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