57 days in South of France Itinerary

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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Porto, Corsica
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 7 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 7 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 7 nights
Fly
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Bordeaux
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne — 5 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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 Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux), Room Escape Games (in Perpignan) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne road trip planning tool.

Manchester, UK to Carcassonne is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manchester to Carcassonne. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get a bit warmer in Carcassonne: highs are around 29°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Porto.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:

Porto, Corsica — 5 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Sentier du Facteur (in Girolata), Piana (Plage de Ficajola & D81) and Cargese (Torra d'Omigna & Roman Catholic Church).

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You can fly from Carcassonne to Porto in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. In September, daytime highs in Porto are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Nice.
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Nice — 7 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Village de Mougins (in Mougins), Cannes (Vieux Port, Lérins Islands, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nice day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. September in Nice sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 7 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Port Grimaud (Church St Francis of Assisi & Port Grimaud 1 Beach), The Orange Tree Galerie (in Seillans) and Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Nartelle, contemplate the waterfront views at Les Gorges du Verdon, and trek along Sentier du littoral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael online attractions planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 7 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: Cogolin (Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu & Wine Tours Provence & Riviera), Sentier Littoral (in Bandol) and Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle, Plage de Cavaliere, &more). The adventure continues: trek along Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens, take in the dramatic natural features at Presqu'ile de Giens, make a trip to Chapelle Sainte-Anne, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hyeres journey maker.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Hyeres are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde), Cassis (Saint Michel Church, Trolib, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take a stroll through The Panier.

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You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Roussillon (Le Sentier des Ocres & Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo), Un Siecle de Roulottes (in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie) and La Maison Carree (in Nimes). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, identify plant and animal life at Wine Safari, and make a trip to Pont du Gard.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Avignon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux — 6 nights

The Port of the Moon

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.
Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Biarritz (Aquarium de Biarritz & Rocher de la Vierge), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, make a trip to The Water Mirror, and snap pictures at Pont de Pierre.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux itinerary app.

Fly from Avignon to Bordeaux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 6 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, don't miss a visit to Chapelle des Penitents Noirs, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Commarque.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip planning site.

Drive from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bordeaux in October since evenings lows in Sarlat-la-Caneda dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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