53 days in South of France Itinerary

53 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 9 nights
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Grimaud
— 7 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 9 nights
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Bordeaux

— 6 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.
Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Saint-Emilion (Chateau Beaurang & Chateau Cantenac) and La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz, admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux itinerary builder.

Zurich, Switzerland to Bordeaux is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Bordeaux are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 17:

Carcassonne

— 6 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), Cite de l'espace (in Toulouse) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at Chateau Canet, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 17 — 23:

Saint-Remy-de-Provence

— 7 nights
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.HistoryThe town is named after Saint Remigius.GeographySaint-Rémy-de-Provence is situated about 20km south of Avignon, just north of the Alpilles mountain range.TransportationThe high-speed train station is 20 km from the city. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Remy-de-Provence side-trips: Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes), Mines de Bruoux (in Gargas) and Roussillon (Le Sentier des Ocres, Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, admire the natural beauty at Jardin d'Alcinoos, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lourmarin, and delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Remy-de-Provence tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Saint-Remy-de-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Remy-de-Provence are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Remy-de-Provence

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 30:

Marseille

— 9 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: Avignon (Wine Tours & Tastings, Pont d'Avignon, &more), Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more) and La Ciotat (Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille online route planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Remy-de-Provence to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grimaud.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 8:

Grimaud

— 7 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grimaud: Presqu'ile de Giens (in Giens), Hyeres (Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens & Sentier sous marin) and Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer).

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Grimaud trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Marseille to Grimaud in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. June in Grimaud sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Grimaud

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 15:

Saint-Raphael

— 6 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 La Ferme des Cairns (in Seillans), Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf) and Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Calanque de Maubois, and examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip maker tool.

Drive from Grimaud to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 21:

Nice

— 9 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Le Nomade, Bastion Saint Jaume, &more) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice holiday builder tool.

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. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 30: