39 days in South of France Itinerary

39 days in South of France Itinerary

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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Avignon — 4 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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard). Dedicate the 18th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres, appreciate the history behind La Nef solaire, and admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

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Chicago, USA to Avignon is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Avignon due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Avignon are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban), Musee des Augustins (in Toulouse) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and ponder the design of Place Carnot.

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You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 5 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: Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac), Perigueux (Musee d’Art et d’Archeologie du Perigord & Cathedrale St-Front) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Chateau des Milandes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, take in nature's colorful creations at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Sarlat-la-Caneda are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Saint-Emilion (Chateau Cantenac & Chateau Beaurang). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, savor the flavors at French Wine Adventures, and appreciate the history behind Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne.

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Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Trolib (in Cassis) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

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Traveling by flight from Bordeaux to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bordeaux in June: highs in Marseille hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez — 5 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Explore Saint-Tropez's surroundings by going to Presqu'ile de Giens (in Giens), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (A L'en Verre, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Hyeres (Vieille Ville & Parc St Bernard). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, stroll through Plage de Gigaro, steep yourself in history at Chartreuse de la Verne, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 5 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Raphael: San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Seillans (La Ferme des Cairns & Domaine Val d'Iris). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, see some colorful creatures with Agathonis Plongee, explore the ancient world of Barrage de Malpasset, and take in nature's colorful creations at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus.

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Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), La Croisette (in Cannes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

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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 a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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