52 days in South of France Itinerary

52 days in South of France Itinerary

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52 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Cannes
— 9 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Marseille
— 9 nights
train:  45​min
4
Avignon
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Carcassonne Center
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 8 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: London

9
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Palais Lascaris. Vieille Ville and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to St-Paul-de-Vence (Saint-Paul de Vence, Choisy La Galerie, & more), Musee du Parfum Fragonard (in Grasse) and Ville medieval (in Vence). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of La Croisette, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and kick back and relax at Plage de l'Escalet.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip maker .

London, UK to Cannes is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Cannes. Traveling from London in June, expect Cannes to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Nice, St-Paul-de-Vence, Saint-Tropez, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Biot
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

8
nights
Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Bormes-Les-Mimosas ©
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. Get some cultural insight at Chartreuse de la Verne and Domaine CROIX ROUSSE. Step out of the city life by going to Plage de Sylvabelle and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Bormes-Les-Mimosas side-trips: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Gigaro, & more) and Le Barrage de la Verne (in La Mole). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Plage de Cavaliere, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Faviere, do a tasting at Domaine Sainte Marie, and trek along Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bormes-Les-Mimosas trip planner .

Drive from Cannes to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Bormes-Les-Mimosas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Le Lavandou, La Mole, Collobrieres, Domaine CROIX ROUSSE
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Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere

9
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 some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Visit Bestouan Beach and Plage du Corton for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Sentier Jean Francois Jube (in Le Pradet) and Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, examine the collection at Musee Granet, and identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille tour planner.

Drive from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. June in Marseille sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Bandol, Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet

9
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.
Popular historic sites such as Palais des Papes and Roman Theatre of Orange are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire (in Menerbes), Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Vignobles Mayard, La Cave Famille Perrin, & more) and Les Gorges de Regalon (in Merindol). Dedicate the 4th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, and hike along Le Sentier des Ocres.

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You can take a train from Marseille to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In June in Avignon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gordes, Les Baux de Provence, Arles, Golf Grand Avignon
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque

8
nights
Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne and Cathar Castles. Parc de la Prehistoire and School Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Carcassonne Center with a short trip to Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile in Albi, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center trip maker tool .

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne Center by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carcassonne Center, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Mount Perdu, O'Vineyards, Chateaux de Lastours, La cité médiévale
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

8
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 explore and learn at Chateau des Milandes and Lascaux IV. Visiting Lascaux II and Kayaking & Canoeing will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Forges de Savignac-Ledrier (in Savignac-Ledrier), Le Chateau de Belves (in Belves) and Chateau de Puyguilhem (in Villars). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Campagne, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de Campagne.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip planning website .

Drive from Carcassonne Center to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carcassonne Center in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Montignac, Perigueux, Campagne, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau Belingard ©
Chateau Belingard

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