20 days in South of France Itinerary

20 days in South of France Itinerary

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La Rochelle
— 1 night
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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La Rochelle — 1 night

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the waterfront activity at Embarcadere Port de Montfaucon. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle, and then explore the activities along Vieux Port.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to La Rochelle is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In April, La Rochelle is little chillier than Tel Aviv - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou — 1 night

On the 4th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Futuroscope.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou journey planner.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from La Rochelle in April since evenings lows in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Basilique Saint-Sernin, Musee des Augustins, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, don't miss a visit to Place Carnot, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planner.

You can fly from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Carcassonne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks
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Avignon — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), La Maison Carree (in Nimes) and Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont du Gard, explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon, and contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Avignon visit planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Avignon, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife
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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: Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Cours Mirabeau, &more). Spend the 13th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, look for gifts at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, wander the streets of The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Marseille online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Marseille, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Forcerie Vial and then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, head outdoors with Eco Gliss, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Kelys, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael journey planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Classes
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Nice — 5 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 (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and examine the collection at Palais Lascaris.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary site.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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