60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Start: Birmingham
+3
Train + Fly + Shuttle + Train:  6 h
1
Avignon
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
2
Marseille
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Hyeres
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Nice
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Castellane
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Carcassonne
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Bordeaux
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Train:  6 h 15 min
End: Birmingham

6
nights
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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes), Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence) and Roussillon (Le Sentier des Ocres & Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and head outdoors with GEO Ardeche Canyon.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Avignon travel route app.

Birmingham, UK to Avignon is an approximately 8- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Avignon is 1 hour. In September, Avignon is somewhat warmer than Birmingham - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Gordes, Les Baux de Provence, Distillerie A. Blachere, Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 7:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Calanque d'En-Vau (in Cassis), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Marseille online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Valensole, Aqualand Cyr Sur Mer, Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 14:
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques
Chateau d'If ©
Chateau d'If

7
nights
Hyeres

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more), Porquerolles Island (Plage Notre Dame, Plage de la Courtade, &more) and Port Grimaud (in Grimaud). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, walk around Parc Olbius-Riquier, take in the dramatic natural features at Presqu'ile de Giens, and cool off at Aquavillage Parc.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hyeres vacation tool.

Drive from Marseille to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Hyeres sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, La Londe Les Maures, Porquerolles Island, La Croix-Valmer, Bormes-Les-Mimosas
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 21:
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Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Plage Notre Dame ©
Plage Notre Dame
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

6
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Lac de Saint-Cassien (in Tanneron), Grimaud (Plage de Guerrevieille & Plage du Gros Pin) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Chateau, stroll through Calanque de Maubois, and head outdoors with Cap du Dramont.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael day trip website.

Getting from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Theoule sur Mer, Grimaud, Saint-Tropez, Marines de Cogolin, Lac de Saint-Cassien
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:
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Plage du Chateau ©
Plage du Chateau
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Lac de Saint-Cassien ©
Lac de Saint-Cassien

8
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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: Musee Picasso (in Antibes), Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette) and Plage Naturiste De La Batterie (in Vallauris). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip 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. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in September, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Eglise de Biot, Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Choisy La Galerie
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 5:
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Marineland ©
Marineland
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

7
nights
Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Explore Castellane's surroundings by going to Col de la Bonette (in Jausiers), Entrevaux (Musee de la Moto d'Entrevaux, La Citadelle d'Entrevaux, &more) and Cascade de la Pisse (in Reallon). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lac d'Allos, explore the activities along Les Gorges du Verdon, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Castellane online visit planner.

Getting from Nice to Castellane by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Nice in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Castellane, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Entrevaux, Castle Bargeme, Les Gorges du Verdon, Col de la Bonette, Presbytère
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 12:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon
Climbing Tours

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises (in Ax-les-Thermes), Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, Head underground at Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne journey planner.

Traveling by car from Castellane to Carcassonne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises, Basilique Saint-Sernin, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Grotte de Niaux
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:
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Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises ©
Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Le Regourdou (in Lascaux), Brantome Police Horses & Friends (in Saint-Pancrace) and Grottes de Abbaye de Brantome (in Brantome en Perigord City). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bridoire, and admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne.

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Carcassonne in October, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Perigueux, Grotte de Tourtoirac, Ferme Terroir de Lol, Jardin Exotique
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 24:
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Brantome Police Horses & Friends ©
Brantome Police Horses & Friends
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

6
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux
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 Rocher de la Vierge (in Biarritz), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, make a trip to The Water Mirror, and admire the landmark architecture of Pey-Berland Tower.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in October since evenings lows in Bordeaux dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Anglet, La Rochelle, Rocher de la Vierge, La Grande Dune du Pilat, Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 30:
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La Grande Dune du Pilat
La Grande Dune du Pilat
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse

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