17 days in South of France Itinerary

17 days in South of France Itinerary

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Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
4
Hyeres
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Porto, Corsica
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Mairie de le Cannet (in Le Cannet), Cannes (La Croisette, Vieux Port, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planning website.

Mumbai, India to Nice is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in September, things will get little chillier in Nice: highs are around 28°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:

Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Step out of Saint-Raphael with an excursion to Waterworld lake of gaudrade in Puget-sur-Argens--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, and do a tasting at Domaine Terres Destel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip maker website.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Saint-Raphael. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Marseille — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Marseille, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hyeres.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Hyeres — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ponche Beach, stop by Port Grimaud, then look for gifts at La Cigale Provencale, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at La Route du Sel, explore the striking landscape at Presqu'ile de Giens, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hyeres travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Carcassonne — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale St-Just, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then explore the activities along Canal du Midi, then walk around Place Gambetta, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Hyeres to Carcassonne by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Porto.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Porto, Corsica — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then make a trip to Calanques de Piana, and then kick back and relax at Camping d'Arone. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Nature Reserve of Scandola, then don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, and then take a memorable drive along D81.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Porto day trip planning website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In September, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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