12 days in Languedoc-Roussillon & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

12 days in Languedoc-Roussillon & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 1 night
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Hyeres
— 1 night
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Avignon
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Carcassonne — 2 nights

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.
On the 10th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, make a trip to Canal du Midi, then explore the activities along Lac de Cavayere, and finally snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip planning app.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to Carcassonne is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Vitoria-Gasteiz in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carcassonne, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille — 1 night

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 12th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, then steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille day trip tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Marseille by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Marseille are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): let little ones run wild at Total Xscape and then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Aqualand Frejus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, and then head outdoors with TakSea.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 4 nights

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.
Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nice trip simple and quick.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 1 night

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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stop by Poussiere de Lune, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Estagnol, and then surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hyeres day trip site.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hyeres, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Avignon road trip app.

You can drive from Hyeres to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.
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