32 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

32 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nimes
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Paris

— 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris journey planner.

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Paris, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

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.
Step out of Nice to go to Cannes and see Lérins Islands, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: stop by Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nice online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Saint-Raphael

— 3 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 Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, tour in style with a train tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Verdon, and explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael holiday builder.

Getting from Nice 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 Nice in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Hyeres

— 3 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Porquerolles Island (Plage Notre Dame & Plage de la Courtade), La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Plage de Vergeron) and Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, head outdoors with Sentier sous marin, and cool off at Aquavillage Parc.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hyeres trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, you will find days in Hyeres are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Anduze) and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, stroll through Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, make a trip to Chateau de L'Hauture, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles route planning app.

You can drive from Hyeres to Arles in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Arles, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Arles

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

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 5th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Les Vignerons de Tavel, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally make a trip to Pont d'Avignon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and then hike along Le Sentier des Ocres.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nimes.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Nimes

— 1 night

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place du Marche, then delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, then admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, and finally look for gifts at Toril d'Artistes.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nimes attractions planning site.

Getting from Avignon to Nimes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Nimes sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Nimes

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Carcassonne

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse), Terre Liquide (in Mons) and Canal de Jonction (in Salleles-d'Aude). There's much more to do: visit Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, head outdoors with Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

Drive from Nimes to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux II.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Bordeaux

— 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, then admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine and then stroll through Réserve Ornithologique du Teich.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux route planning site.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17: