40 days in South of France Itinerary

40 days in South of France Itinerary

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Menton
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne
— 7 nights
3
Avignon
— 7 nights
4
Marseille
— 7 nights
5
Cannes
— 11 nights

7
nights
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise Sainte-Marguerite (in Luceram), Eze (Fort de la Revere, Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, &more) and Utelle (La Madone d'Utelle & Église Saint Veran). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Visite Confiturerie Herbin, see the interesting displays at Musee Lou Ferouil, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Bioves, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Menton is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Menton, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, plan for much colder days in Menton, with highs around 16°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Eze, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cap d'Ail, Utelle, Chapelle des Penitents Blancs
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Église Saint Veran ©
Église Saint Veran
Cimetiere du Trabuquet ©
Cimetiere du Trabuquet
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Le Capitole, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at Chateau Guery, don't miss a visit to Carriere De Marbre Rouge Du Roy, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Menton to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Menton in January: highs in Carcassonne hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Toulouse, Mount Perdu, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Room Escape Games

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Baptistere de Venasque (in Venasque), La Compagnie des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and get a taste of the local shopping with Anne Virlange Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Avignon day trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Avignon sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gordes, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Carrieres des Lumieres, Fontaine de l'Ange
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Wine Tours & Tastings

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (La Cave du Cours Mirabeau, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Virtual Room Toulon (in La Valette-du-Var) and La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Collegiale Saint Pierre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Marseille tour planner.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Six-Fours-les-Plages, La Ciotat, Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, Cimetiere militaire franco-italien
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

11
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook, Vieille Ville, &more), Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, make a trip to Galerie Lifetime Gallery, and enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip planning site.

Drive from Marseille to Cannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Cannes, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice, Valbonne, Biot, Antibes, Institut de Francais
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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