15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France attractions planner
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Fly
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Grimaud
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille — 2 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Laser game Evolution (in Les-Pennes-Mirabeau) and Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence & Cours Mirabeau). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, stop by The Panier, and take in the dramatic natural features at Parc national des Calanques.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille sightseeing planner.

New York City, USA to Marseille is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Marseille due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Fly from Marseille to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grimaud.
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Grimaud — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Grimaud: La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier & Plage de Gigaro).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grimaud trip maker site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Grimaud in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carcassonne in May: highs in Grimaud hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Seillans (Domaine Val d'Iris & La Ferme des Cairns). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and look for gifts at Catalan Bougie.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael road trip app.

Traveling by car from Grimaud to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (La Croisette & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Antibes (Marché provençal & Galerie des Bains-Douches). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Nice, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 57°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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