36 days in South of France Itinerary

36 days in South of France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  5 h
1
Nice
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Castellane
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Hyeres
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Marseille
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
End: London

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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Musee Picasso & Villa Eilenroc). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, head outdoors with Future Form, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice attractions planning site.

London, UK to Nice is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Nice is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Nice hover around 32°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Antibes, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Marineland ©
Marineland
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

5
nights
Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Castellane: Waterworld (in Puget-sur-Argens), Entrevaux (La Citadelle d'Entrevaux, Porte Royale, &more) and Association Ego (in Tallard). There's lots more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, don't miss a visit to Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc, admire the sheer force of Cascade de la Lance, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Presbytère.

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Drive from Nice to Castellane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Nice in August, expect nights in Castellane to be a bit cooler, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Entrevaux, Waterworld, Presbytère, Station de Ski L'Audibergue, Col de la Bonette
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 17:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Lac de Saint-Cassien (in Tanneron), Plage des Canebiers (in Saint-Tropez) and Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and find something for the whole family at Azur Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael trip maker app.

You can drive from Castellane to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, Frejus, Theoule sur Mer, Lac de Saint-Cassien, Domaine Val d'Iris
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:
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Plage du Chateau ©
Plage du Chateau
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Lac de Saint-Cassien ©
Lac de Saint-Cassien

5
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. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer), Six-Fours-les-Plages (Plage de la Coudouliere, Ile du Gaou, &more) and Porquerolles Island (Le port de l'ile de Porquerolles, Plage de la Courtade, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Jean Blanc, trek along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage La Capte, and visit Port Grimaud.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hyeres itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 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 little chillier days in Hyeres, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Porquerolles Island, Plage de Pampelonne, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Plage Notre Dame ©
Plage Notre Dame
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Le Bois des Lutins (in Peypin), Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de la Treille, and explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Marseille holiday planner.

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Laser game Evolution, Le Bois des Lutins, Calanques, Moulin Le Pain Blanc
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Roussillon (Le Sentier des Ocres, Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, &more), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Chateau St Saturnin Les Apt (in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, make a trip to Vaison la Romaine, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and learn about winemaking at Domaine de la Pigeade.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Avignon online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Gordes, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Market, Distillerie A. Blachere, Domaine de Marotte, Carrieres des Lumieres
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:
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Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo ©
Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

3
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, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, meet the residents at Le Parc Australien, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Le Parc Australien ©
Le Parc Australien

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Chateau de Puyguilhem (in Villars), Brantome Police Horses & Friends (in Saint-Pancrace) and Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reserve Zoologique de Calviac, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Commarque, and take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda online trip itinerary builder.

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Carcassonne in September, with lows around 12°C. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chateau de Commarque, Chateau de Puyguilhem, Gouffre de Padirac, Brantome Police Horses & Friends
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:
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Brantome Police Horses & Friends ©
Brantome Police Horses & Friends
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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