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 Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). Dedicate the 18th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres, appreciate the history behind La Nef solaire, and admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon trip itinerary builder website.

Chicago, USA to Avignon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Avignon due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Avignon are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

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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), S Room Agency (in Montauban) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and make a trip to La Porte D'aude.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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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: Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac), Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) 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 steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac.

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

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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 Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac & Chateau Beaurang). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, and do a tasting at Chateau Paloumey.

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

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Historic Sites

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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: Trolib (in Cassis), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, wander the streets of The Panier, and stroll through Parc National des Calanques.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marseille vacation website.

Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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 Hyeres (Vieille Ville & Parc St Bernard), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (A L'en Verre, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Presqu'ile de Giens (in Giens). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Cap Taillat, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tanaka Spa, explore the gorgeous colors at Le Cap Lardier, and indulge your senses at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez day trip tool.

Drive from Marseille to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries

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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 San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Seillans (La Ferme des Cairns & Domaine Val d'Iris). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, stop by Catalan Bougie, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Pointe de l'Aiguille, and delve into the distant past at Barrage de Malpasset.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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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 Musee Picasso (in Antibes), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 22: