36 days in South of France Itinerary

36 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France travel route planner

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Porto, Corsica
— 2 nights
Fly
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La Rochelle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: visit Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Nice journey planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -11 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 20:

Porto, Corsica

— 2 nights
On the 21st (Sun), make a trip to Les Calanche Cliffs, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Reserve of Scandola, and then take a memorable drive along D81. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques de Piana and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Porto road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in August since evenings lows in Porto dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

La Rochelle

— 3 nights

White City

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.
Explore La Rochelle's surroundings by going to Embarcadere Port de Montfaucon (in Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud), Zoo de La Palmyre (in La Palmyre-Les Mathes) and Association Hermione-La Fayette (in Rochefort). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, get engrossed in the history at New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde), explore the activities along Vieux Port, and make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Rochelle online trip builder.

You can fly from Porto to La Rochelle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, ferry, and bus. While traveling from Porto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in La Rochelle, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda travel website.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from La Rochelle in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

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: Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises (in Ax-les-Thermes), Parc de la Prehistoire (in Tarascon-sur-Ariege) and Terre Liquide (in Mons). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Le Parc Australien.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip app.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carcassonne, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:

Avignon

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Offroad Aventure 07 (in Lanas) and Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, and explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

Marseille

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

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: Trolib (in Cassis) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in La Ciotat). Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, stop by The Panier, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

Start your trip to Marseille by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Hyeres

— 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Six-Fours-les-Plages (Var Lamas & Ile des Embiez), Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more) and La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more). The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, cool off at Aquavillage Parc, and head outdoors with Sentier sous marin.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hyeres, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
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: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf) and Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Lac de Saint-Cassien). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, and make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael day trip site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18: