34 days in South of France Itinerary

34 days in South of France Itinerary

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34 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Accra
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  18 h 30 min
1
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Avignon
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
3
Marseille
— 14 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Accra

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.
Carcassonne is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at Chateau Du Donjon, explore the world behind art at La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip itinerary planning website .

Accra, Ghana to Carcassonne is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Ghana Mean Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Accra in March; daily highs in Carcassonne reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Mount Perdu ©
Mount Perdu

4
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to 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. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Pont du Gard, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

14
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: La Ciotat (Musee Ciotaden, Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, & more), Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, & more) and Foret de Roustagnon (in Bandol). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, wander the streets of The Panier, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de L'Hauture.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Marseille sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Marseille are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, La Ciotat, Moulin Le Pain Blanc, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Port Grimaud (in Grimaud). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Sentier sous marin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hyeres online trip maker .

Getting from Marseille to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Sentier Jean Francois Jube, Port Grimaud, Var Lamas
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Sentier sous marin ©
Sentier sous marin
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas ©
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael is known for wildlife, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, let little ones run wild at Jardin Bonaparte, explore the ancient world of Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael, and play a few rounds at Golf de Cap Esterel.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Calanque du Petit Caneiret ©
Calanque du Petit Caneiret

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.
Go for a jaunt from Nice to Cannes to see La Croisette about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, and examine the collection at Musee Matisse.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip site .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in April, you will find days in Nice are little chillier (20°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Antibes, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, La Croisette, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze
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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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