29 days in South of France Itinerary

29 days in South of France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Rochelle
— 3 nights
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
5
Marseille
— 3 nights
6
Hyeres
— 4 nights
7
Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
8
Nice
— 5 nights

3
nights
La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
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: Rochefort (Association Hermione-La Fayette & Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois), Bordeaux (Libr'et'sens, Place de la Bourse, &more) 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 · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bordeaux, Rochefort, Asinerie de Varennes, Futuroscope
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Futuroscope ©
Futuroscope
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Vieux Port
Vieux Port

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Parc Le Bournat (in Le Bugue), Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). 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 bus and train. 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 · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Chateau de Saint-Genies, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, Lascaux Caves 4
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

2
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.
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 wander the streets 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
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

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.
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

Side Trips

Pont du Gard, Distillerie A. Blachere, Carrieres des Lumieres, Le Sentier des Ocres
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Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Cassis (Trolib & Cassis Forest) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in La Ciotat). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and kick back and relax at Plage de la Grande Mer.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille holiday maker tool.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Cassis, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Trolib ©
Trolib
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques

4
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
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: Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont), Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer) 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 de Jean Blanc, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage noire du Langoustier, 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. 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 · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

La Londe Les Maures, Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, Plage de Jean Blanc, Plage de Sylvabelle, Plage Notre Dame
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Dune La Londe ©
Dune La Londe
Aquavillage Parc ©
Aquavillage Parc
Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier

4
nights
Saint-Raphael

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

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 train; or do a combination of bus and train. 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

Side Trips

Cap Camarat, Les Gorges du Verdon, Etangs de Villepey, Forcerie Vial, Jets'Cool
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TakSea ©
TakSea
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

5
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.
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. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary builder website.

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. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cannes, Marineland
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Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais
Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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