60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 7 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Montpellier
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Toulouse
— 6 nights
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Lourdes
— 5 nights
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Biarritz
— 3 nights
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La Rochelle
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux
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Nice

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Vieille Ville and Place Garibaldi will appeal to history buffs. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Antibes (Old Town, Musee Napoleonien, &more), Musee National Fernand-Leger (in Biot) and Cannes (Centre d'art La Malmaison at Cannes, Musee de la Castre, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, make a trip to Place Massena, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Nice, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November, things will get much colder in Nice: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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Find places to stay Nov 1 — 8:

Saint-Tropez

— 3 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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Confiserie Azureenne and Memorial des Guerres en Indochine. Chartreuse de la Verne and Chateau de la Clapiere will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: La Londe Les Maures (Dune La Londe & Musee des Automates), Maison du Patrimoine (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Hyeres (Villa Noailles & Parc Olbius-Riquier). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, get engrossed in the history at Musee Du Patrimoine, explore the ancient world of Musee Archeologique de Saint-Raphael, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame De Constance.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez online route planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nice in November since evenings lows in Saint-Tropez dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

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Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Marseille

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Fondation Vasarely. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Abbaye Saint Victor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, &more) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). There's much more to do: stop by The Panier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Nov 11 — 17:

Avignon

— 6 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.
Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Calvet will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres) and Arles (Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more). Dedicate the 21st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of The Ardeche, explore the world behind art at Musee Albert-Andre, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grignan, and see the interesting displays at Terres d'ecriture.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Avignon planning app.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Nov 17 — 23:

Montpellier

— 5 nights
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Fabre and Bertrand Bosc. Bunker 638 and Porte du Peyrou will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee du Village d'Antan (in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert), Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Sete (Musee Paul Valery, Espace Georges Brassens, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Maison de la Nature, see the interesting displays at Museum and Conservatory of Anatomy,, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Pierre, and savor the flavors at Domaine Castan.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Montpellier holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Avignon to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Nov 23 — 28:

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.
Let the collections at Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle and Musee Departemental du Textile capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Cité de Carcassonne and La Cooperative-Collection Ceres Franco. Venture out of the city with trips to Maison du Sidobre (in Le Bez), Musee de la Prehistoire Regionale (in Saint-Pons-de-Thomieres) and Musee du Vieux Lacaune (in Lacaune). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, shop like a local with Cooperative Artisanale de la Cite - Le Vieux Lavoir, get engrossed in the history at Musee La Seduction Francaise, and steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Lastours.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne planning app.

You can drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 4:

Toulouse

— 6 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Saint-Sernin and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Appreciate the collections at Cite de l'espace and Parc de la Prehistoire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Musee Cap al Campestre (in Lherm), Musee Europeen Art Campanaire (in L'Isle-Jourdain) and Boutique des Colporteurs (in Soueix-Rogalle). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, see the interesting displays at Musee Departemental de la Resistance & de la Deportation, find something for the whole family at S Room Agency, and get engrossed in the history at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Toulouse route planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Toulouse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Toulouse sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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Find places to stay Dec 4 — 10:

Lourdes

— 5 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Saint-Pie X and Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception. Château de Pau and Musee des parachutistes will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Lourdes side-trips: Saint-Savin (Chapelle de Piétat & Chapelle Notre-dame de Pietat), Musee Massey (in Tarbes) and Notre Dame des Cyclistes (in Labastide-d'Armagnac). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, admire the masterpieces at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, get to know the fascinating history of Boulevard des Pyrenees, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Paysan Gascon.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Lourdes trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Lourdes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lourdes are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

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Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

Biarritz

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
You'll explore and learn at Basque Museum (Musee Basque) and Villa Arnaga. Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Chateau Observatoire Abbadia will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: MUSEE DE LA CHALOSSE (in Montfort-en-Chalosse) and Syndicat du Piment d'Espelette (in Espelette). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Promenade Jacques Thibaud, get a taste of the local shopping with Spacejunk, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de l'Uhabia, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium de Biarritz.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Biarritz driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lourdes to Biarritz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Lourdes in December, things will get a bit warmer in Biarritz: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Biarritz

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

La Rochelle

— 5 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont and Eglise Saint-Martin d'Esnandes will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Association Hermione-La Fayette and Espace Decouverte en Pays du Cognac capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Rochelle: Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois (in Rochefort), Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou) and Phare des Baleines (in Saint Clement des Baleines). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, see the interesting displays at Musee Bernard d'Agesci, get engrossed in the history at New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde), and contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Rochelle online vacation planner.

You can drive from Biarritz to La Rochelle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in La Rochelle, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Bordeaux

— 7 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore La Cite du Vin and Musee du Vin et du Negoce. Get a sense of the local culture at Place de la Bourse and Cathedrale St-Front. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Le Prieure des Benedictins (in La Reole), Montignac (Lascaux Caves 4 & Lascaux II) and Maison du Jouet Rustique (in Pujols). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bridoire, learn about winemaking at Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Monbazillac, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip planner.

You can drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from La Rochelle in December since evenings lows in Bordeaux dip to 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30: