60 days in South of France & Chamonix Itinerary

60 days in South of France & Chamonix Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 7 nights
Drive
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
Fly to Geneva, Shuttle to Chamonix
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Chamonix
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 7 nights
Drive
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Grimaud
— 7 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 7 nights
Train
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Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Bordeaux — 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bordeaux: Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc), Biarritz (Aquarium de Biarritz & Rocher de la Vierge) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and snap pictures at Pont de Pierre.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux trip planner.

Boston, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Bordeaux due to the time zone difference. In September in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Beynac.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux in September, Sarlat-la-Caneda is a bit cooler at night with lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 6 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 (Musee des Augustins, Le Capitole, &more) and Albi (Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile & Musee Toulouse-Lautrec). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in September, Carcassonne is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Chamonix.
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Chamonix — 1 night

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Brevent Cable Car, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Aiguille du Midi and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chamonix day trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Carcassonne to Chamonix takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and La Maison Carree (in Nimes). Dedicate the 24th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont du Gard, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Avignon attractions planner.

Drive from Chamonix to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 7 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: Aix-en-Provence (Vieil Aix, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Cassis (Port de Cassis, Trolib, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, visit The Panier, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes.

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Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grimaud.
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Grimaud — 7 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grimaud: Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures), Vieille Ville (in Hyeres) and Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas).

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Grimaud online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Grimaud takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Grimaud are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Les POUN'S EN Herbe (in Montauroux), Domaine Val d'Iris (in Seillans) and Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Les 3 Croix du Rocher & Rocher de Roquebrune). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, admire the natural beauty at Kuentz le Monde des Cactus, and kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael itinerary planner.

Drive from Grimaud to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Cannes.
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Cannes — 2 nights

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): sample the tasty concoctions at Colgan's Brewery, wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, and then explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso. On the next day, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannes trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Saint-Raphael to Cannes in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Cannes sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 8 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 29th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip app.

Getting from Cannes to Nice by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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