33 days in South of France Itinerary

33 days in South of France Itinerary

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33 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Toulouse
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
3
Arles
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Avignon
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
5
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Cassis
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Gordes
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
9
Lacoste
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
10
Lourmarin
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
11
Bonnieux en Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
12
Menerbes
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
13
Ansouis
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
14
Les Baux de Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
15
Valensole
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

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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.
On the 12th (Fri), ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards. On your second day here, stroll through Canal du Midi, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip website.

Edinburgh, UK to Carcassonne is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edinburgh to Carcassonne. Traveling from Edinburgh in June, expect Carcassonne to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Canal du Midi
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

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Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Venture out of the city with trips to Albi (Pont Vieux, Les Jardins de la Berbie, &more) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, make a trip to Place du Capitole, contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, and take in the pleasant sights at Place Saint-Georges.

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You can take a train from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Albi, Cite Religieuse
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Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

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Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 17th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and finally identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Arles travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Arles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Arles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Arles

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Jardins de la Fontaine
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Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

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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 18th (Thu), sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon travel route app.

Avignon is very close to Arles. In June in Avignon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Breweries & Distilleries Wineries

Side Trip

Distillerie A. Blachere
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Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then make a trip to Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aix-en-Provence
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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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.
Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Massif de l'Esterel in Agay, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Marseille in June: highs in Nice hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marineland, Massif de l'Esterel
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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Cassis

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Grande Mer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church, and then take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cassis driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Nice to Cassis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cassis: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Gordes.

Things to do in Cassis

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Calanques ©
Calanques
Port de Cassis ©
Port de Cassis

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Gordes

Gordes ©
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Change things up with a short trip to Les Gorges Du Toulourenc in Malaucene (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, make a trip to Waterwheel Circuit, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, and go deep underground at Mines de Bruoux.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gordes online vacation planner.

You can drive from Cassis to Gordes in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Gordes sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lacoste.

Things to do in Gordes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Mines de Bruoux, Les Gorges Du Toulourenc
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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres
Les Gorges Du Toulourenc ©
Les Gorges Du Toulourenc

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Lacoste

Lacoste ©
On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Foret de Cedres, then do a tasting at La Cave de Bonnieux, then shop like a local with SCAD Lacoste, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lacoste.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lacoste trip builder.

Lacoste is very close to Gordes. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Lourmarin.

Things to do in Lacoste

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bonnieux
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SCAD Lacoste ©
SCAD Lacoste
Foret de Cedres ©
Foret de Cedres
Chateau de Lacoste ©
Chateau de Lacoste

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Lourmarin

Lourmarin ©
Lourmarin is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Explore Lourmarin's surroundings by going to Zoo De La Barben (in La Barben) and Le Village des Automates (in Saint-Cannat). There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, get in on the family fun at Le Parc des Labyrinthes Géants, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Silvacane, and ponder the design of Fontaine aux Trois Masques.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lourmarin trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lacoste to Lourmarin by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Bonnieux en Provence.

Things to do in Lourmarin

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cadenet, La Roque-d'Antheron, Le Village des Automates, Zoo De La Barben
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Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras ©
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
Chateau de Lourmarin ©
Chateau de Lourmarin
Zoo De La Barben ©
Zoo De La Barben

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Bonnieux en Provence

Bonnieux en Provence ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at Musee de la Boulangerie.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bonnieux en Provence trip site.

Bonnieux en Provence is very close to Lourmarin. You will leave for Menerbes on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Bonnieux en Provence

Museums
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Musee de la Boulangerie ©
Musee de la Boulangerie

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Menerbes

Menerbes ©
Ménerbes is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, a walled village on a hilltop in the Luberon mountains, foothills of the French Alps.Rural Vaucluse was described by author Marcel Pagnol in such novels as Manon des Sources, a hardscrabble peasant life in a declining economy. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche Hebdomadaire de Menerbes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Medievale Notre-Dame-d'Alydon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Vigneron d'Oppede, see the interesting displays at Musee du Tire-Bouchon, then admire the natural beauty at Le Domaine de la Citadelle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): do a tasting at Domaine La Garelle and then identify plant and animal life at Les Gorges de Regalon.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Menerbes online tour planner.

Menerbes is just a short distance from Bonnieux en Provence. In July, daily temperatures in Menerbes can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ansouis.

Things to do in Menerbes

Parks Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Oppede, Les Gorges de Regalon
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Les Gorges de Regalon ©
Les Gorges de Regalon
Le Domaine de la Citadelle ©
Le Domaine de la Citadelle
Domaine La Garelle ©
Domaine La Garelle

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Ansouis

Ansouis ©
Ansouis is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.GeographyAnsouis is located between the Luberon massif and the Durance river.HistoryA fortress was first built in the city in the 10th century, and has since been modified three times: once in the 13th century and again in the 15th and 19th centuries.DemographicsThe population, after peaking at 1,029 people in 1841, declined to only 463 people in 1931. On the 7th (Tue), head outdoors with Etang de la Bonde and then get a taste of the local shopping with Santons Daniel Galli.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ansouis trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Menerbes to Ansouis takes an hour. In July in Ansouis, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Les Baux de Provence.

Things to do in Ansouis

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lac de Peyrolles, Chateau de la Tour d'Aigues, Etang de la Bonde, Montagne Sainte Victoire
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Montagne Sainte Victoire ©
Montagne Sainte Victoire
Lac de Peyrolles ©
Lac de Peyrolles
Chateau de la Tour d'Aigues ©
Chateau de la Tour d'Aigues

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Les Baux de Provence

Les Baux de Provence ©
Les Baux-de-Provence is a French commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the province of Provence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Les Baux de Provence: Miramas (Miramas-le-Vieux & McArthurGlen Provence). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Vincent, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Les Baux de Provence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ansouis to Les Baux de Provence takes 1.5 hours. July in Les Baux de Provence sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Valensole.

Things to do in Les Baux de Provence

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Miramas, Chateau de Tarascon, Les Figuieres
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Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Miramas-le-Vieux ©
Miramas-le-Vieux

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Valensole

Valensole is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France.GeographyThe river Asse forms most of the commune's northern border, then flows into the Durance, which forms all of its western border. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Valensole: Castellane (Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). There's more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon and make a trip to Plateau de Valensole.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Valensole trip maker site.

Drive from Les Baux de Provence to Valensole in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Valensole

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Castellane, Les Gorges du Verdon
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River Rafting & Tubing
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Plateau de Valensole ©
Plateau de Valensole

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