16 days in South of France Itinerary

16 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France journey planner
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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Nice — 3 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.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see La Croisette in Cannes, approximately Cannes away. Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin, make a trip to Place Massena, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For reviews and other tourist information, use the Nice online vacation maker.

San Francisco, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Forcerie Vial and then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Eco Gliss, make a trip to Cap du Dramont, and then get outside with Agathonis Plongee.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael day trip website.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Marseille — 3 nights

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: Trolib (in Cassis) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take a stroll through The Panier, and make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Avignon.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Avignon — 2 nights

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 31st (Tue): snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then examine the collection at Musee Angladon, and finally hike along Le Sentier des Ocres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then identify plant and animal life at Wine Safari.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks
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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 2nd (Thu), make a trip to La Porte D'aude, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and then ponder the design of Place Carnot. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

Make your Carcassonne itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

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.
On the 4th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Chateau Paloumey, don't miss a visit to Place du Parlement, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse and then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux online travel planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Wineries
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