29 days in South of France Itinerary

29 days in South of France Itinerary

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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Change things up with these side-trips from La Rochelle: Bordeaux (Libr'et'sens, Place de la Bourse, &more), Rochefort (Association Hermione-La Fayette & Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois) and Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, explore the activities along Vieux Port, and relax in the rural setting at Asinerie de Varennes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Rochelle day trip website.

Atlanta, USA to La Rochelle is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Atlanta to La Rochelle, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in August, expect La Rochelle to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier), Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix) and Parc Le Bournat (in Le Bugue). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins d'Eau, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from La Rochelle, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Le Parc Australien, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, then make a trip to La Porte D'aude, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): delve into the mystery of La Maison Hantee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Carcassonne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Avignon

— 2 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.
On the 13th (Fri), take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and finally explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and then don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Cassis (Trolib, Plage de la Grande Mer, &more) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in La Ciotat). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take a stroll through The Panier, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Marseille are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer), Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont) and Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Pradeau, get outside with Sentier sous marin, and see the sights as you ascend with Sud Est Escalade.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hyeres trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Hyeres are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 21:

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Grimaud aventure (in Port Grimaud) and Cap Camarat (in Ramatuelle). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with TakSea, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, cool off at Waterworld lake of gaudrade, and contemplate the waterfront views at Etangs de Villepey.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary website.

Getting from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Hyeres in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

Nice

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Galerie1414, Lérins Islands, &more). Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nice tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30: