19 days in South of France & Paris Itinerary

19 days in South of France & Paris Itinerary

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Arles
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 7 nights
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Arles — 5 nights

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Get in touch with nature at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue. Visit Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and Eglise St-Trophime for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole & Site Archeologique de Glanum). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Montmajour, take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arles online holiday builder.

New York City, USA to Arles is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Arles. April in Arles sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trips
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Carcassonne — 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Château de Salses. Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Queribus and Abbaye de Fontfroide. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy (in Albi), Cathedrale St-Jean (in Perpignan) and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne and take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Getting from Arles to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil — 7 nights

Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Beynac and Lascaux II. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau des Milandes and Abri du Poisson. Venture out of the city with trips to Cloitre de Cadouin (in Cadouin), Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front) and L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur (in Saint-Avit-Senieur). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Campagne, explore the striking landscape at Les Grottes de Maxange, explore the galleries of L'Abri Cro-Magnon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotte du Grand Roc.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can fly to Paris.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Paris — 3 nights

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Visit Arc de Triomphe and Île de la Cité for their historical value. Musee Marmottan Monet and Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Atelier des Lumieres, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris route site.

You can fly from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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