32 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

32 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nimes
— 1 night
Drive
8
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Paris — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Rouen (Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris journey planner.

Toronto, Canada to Paris is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Paris is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Paris, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

Nice — 4 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.
Step out of Nice to go to Cannes and see Lérins Islands, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: stop by Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nice online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime), Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in August, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Hyeres — 3 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Porquerolles Island (Plage Notre Dame & Plage de la Courtade), La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Plage de Vergeron) and Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou). Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, head outdoors with Sentier sous marin, and cool off at Aquavillage Parc.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hyeres trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, you will find days in Hyeres are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Arles.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

Arles — 3 nights

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Canyoning & Rappelling Tours (in Anduze), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Promenade a Cheval La Marisma) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, stroll through Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, make a trip to Chateau de L'Hauture, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Arles route planning app.

You can drive from Hyeres to Arles in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Arles, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

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.
On the 5th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Les Vignerons de Tavel, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally make a trip to Pont d'Avignon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, and then hike along Le Sentier des Ocres.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nimes.
Wineries · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Nimes — 1 night

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place du Marche, then delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, then admire the natural beauty at Jardins de la Fontaine, and finally look for gifts at Toril d'Artistes.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nimes attractions planning site.

Getting from Avignon to Nimes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Nimes sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

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: Terre Liquide (in Mons), Basilique Saint-Sernin (in Toulouse) and Canal de Jonction (in Salleles-d'Aude). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, see the winter wonderland with Bureau des Guides des Pyrénées ariégeoises, and take an in-depth tour of Parc de la Prehistoire.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne online vacation maker.

Drive from Nimes to Carcassonne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 nights

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Cathedrale St-Front (in Perigueux), Le Regourdou (in Lascaux) and Chateau de Bridoire (in Ribagnac). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Beynac, and explore the fascinating underground world of Lascaux II.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Bordeaux.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, then admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine and then stroll through Réserve Ornithologique du Teich.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bordeaux route planning site.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Wineries
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17: