50 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

50 days in Paris & South of France Itinerary

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Paris
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Carcassonne Center
— 8 nights
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Albi
— 5 nights
Train to Gourdon, Taxi to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 6 nights
Taxi to Gourdon, Train to Limoges
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Limoges
— 8 nights
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La Rochelle
— 4 nights
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Paris
— 3 nights
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Paris — 7 nights

City of Light

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 Hotel de Ville and Philippe-Chatrier Court for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet and Musee Curie. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Académie Équestre de Versailles (in Versailles), Chateau de Malmaison (in Rueil-Malmaison) and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation, make a trip to Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Louis des Invalides, and wander the streets of Quartier Montparnasse.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris road trip website.

Atlanta, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Atlanta to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol, admire the masterpieces at L'Argilla, then get a dose of the wild on Tours in Provence - Day Tours, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Saint-Esprit. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Pavillon M, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Grobet-Labadie.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille route builder website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Marseille takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In July, Marseille is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 4 nights

City of Popes

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilique Saint Pierre and Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente. Appreciate the collections at Musee Calvet and Fondation Villa Datris. Venture out of the city with trips to Cavaillon (Synagogue de Cavaillon & Hotel d'Agar), Musee Automobile de Provence (in Orgon) and Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire (in Menerbes). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet, do a tasting at Vignobles Mayard, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Pape Jean XXII, and identify plant and animal life at Wine Safari.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne Center.
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Carcassonne Center — 8 nights

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Liberia and Notre-Dame-des-Auzils. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Carcassonne Cathedral and Musee De L'ecole. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne Center side-trips: Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret), Village Medieval de Castelnou (in Castelnou) and Cyril Codina (in Lagrasse).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne Center online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne Center in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in July, you will find days in Carcassonne Center are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albi.
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Albi — 5 nights

Albi is a commune in southern France. Musee de la Mode and Musee Laperouse will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Les Chateaux de Bruniquel and Chateau de Penne. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albi: Chateau de Coupiac (in Coupiac), Chateau du Bosc (in Camjac) and Chateau de Brousse le Chateau (in Brousse-le-Chateau). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Cave de Labastide, examine the collection at Musee-Mine Departemental, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Quartier Du Castelviel, and pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiale Saint-Remy.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Albi holiday maker.

You can take a bus from Carcassonne Center to Albi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 6 nights

Le Chateau de Fenelon and Cloitre de Cadouin will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and Moulin de la Rouzique. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Zadkine (in Les Arques), Eglise Saint Barthelemy (in Prayssac) and Bastide du Perigord (in Monpazier).

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Albi to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Limoges.
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Limoges — 8 nights

Porcelain City

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
Explore hidden gems such as Limoges Fine Arts Museum Musée des Beaux-Arts de Limoges, Palais de l'Evêché and Chateau de Chalucet. Visit Chateau de St Germain de Confolens and Eglise des Saints Anges for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Limoges: Collegiale de Saint Leonard de noblat (in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat), Cassinomagus - Archaeological Park (in Chassenon) and Chateau de Coussac-Bonneval (in Coussac Bonneval). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Cite des Metiers et des Arts, see the interesting displays at Musee du Chateau de Rochechouart, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Civray, and contemplate the long history of Abbaye Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul.

To find out how to plan a trip to Limoges, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Limoges in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Limoges, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 4 nights

White City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musees des Automates / Modeles Reduits and Musee des Commerces d'Autrefois. Let the collections at Musee Le Bunker de La Rochelle and Abbaye des Chateliers capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting La Rochelle side-trips: Musee De l' ancienne ecole De Medecine Navale (in Rochefort), Saint Martin de Re (Clocher Observatoire & Citadelle Vauban) and Fort Vauban (in Fouras). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Museum d'histoire naturelle de La Rochelle, make a trip to La Grande Roue, walk around Parc Charruyer, and savor the flavors at Marche du Centre Ville.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a bus from Limoges to La Rochelle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 3 nights

City of Light

Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Natural History and Musee de la Legion d'honneur et des ordres de chevalerie. Explore hidden gems such as 1st Arrondissement and Pont-Neuf. See some other sides of Paris: look for gifts at Berthillon, examine the collection at Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, and admire the striking features of Eglise Saint-Severin.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris journey maker site.

Traveling by train from La Rochelle to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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