39 days in South of France Itinerary

39 days in South of France Itinerary

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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). There's much more to do: make a trip to Palais des Papes, pause for some photo ops at La Nef solaire, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon tour planner.

Chicago, USA to Avignon is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 19:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Musee des Augustins (in Toulouse), Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and S Room Agency (in Montauban). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and ponder the design of Place Carnot.

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You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 23:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 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: Le Regourdou (in Lascaux), Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac) and Perigueux (Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord & Cathedrale St-Front). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 28:

Bordeaux

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle) and Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac & Chateau Beaurang). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, savor the flavors at French Wine Adventures, and appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 2:

Marseille

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Trolib (in Cassis). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a stroll through The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bordeaux in June: highs in Marseille hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 6:

Saint-Tropez

— 5 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Presqu'ile de Giens (in Giens), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (A L'en Verre, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Hyeres (Vieille Ville & Parc St Bernard). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, stroll through Plage de Gigaro, steep yourself in history at Chartreuse de la Verne, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 11:

Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron), San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Seillans (La Ferme des Cairns & Domaine Val d'Iris). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, stop by Catalan Bougie, take in the awesome beauty at Mont Vinaigre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Pointe de l'Aiguille.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael journey builder.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Nice

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22: