8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

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8 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Marseille
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Le Lavandou
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Cannes
— 2 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Castellane
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Avignon
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

London, UK to Marseille is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Marseille due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect Marseille to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Marseille

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro and then enjoy the sand and surf at La plage. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Plage de l'Estagnol and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Le Lavandou driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Le Lavandou in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Marseille, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Le Lavandou, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Plage de l'Estagnol, Plage de Gigaro, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
La plage ©
La plage

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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.
On the 31st (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and then admire the masterpieces at Palais Lascaris. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): wander the streets of Le Suquet and then delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Le Lavandou to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nice, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Scuba & Snorkeling

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night
Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Castellane sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Cannes to Castellane in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Cannes in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Castellane, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Castellane

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Climbing Tours

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Orange, learn about winemaking at Distillerie A. Blachere, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then examine the collection at Musee Angladon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Avignon online journey planner .

Getting from Castellane to Avignon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Distillerie A. Blachere, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

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