60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 8 nights
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Porto, Corsica
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Bordeaux
— 6 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 6 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Hyeres
— 8 nights
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Marseille
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Nice — 8 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Mougins (Galerie Lifetime Gallery & Village de Mougins), Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, get to know the resident critters at Marineland, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nice route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Nice is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect nights in Nice to be much hotter, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
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Porto, Corsica — 5 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Pozzines d'Ese (in Bastelica), Torra d'Omigna (in Cargese) and Monte Renoso (in Bocognano).

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and car. Traveling from Nice in July, Porto is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Avignon.
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Avignon — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Avignon travel route builder site.

Fly from Porto to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, ferry, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Bergerac Wine Tours (in Eymet), La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, and learn about winemaking at Chateau de Reignac.

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Getting from Avignon to Bordeaux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Avignon in July, you will find days in Bordeaux are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sarlat-la-Caneda: Aquarium du Perigord Noir (in Le Bugue), Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Campagne (in Campagne) and Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Front, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gouffre de Padirac.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Domaine Preignes le Vieux (in Vias), Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Canal du Midi.

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Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Carcassonne. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 6 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Tanneron (Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois & Forcerie Vial), San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Domaine de La Royrie (in Grasse). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, cruise along Route des Cretes La Palud, and take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael travel route planner.

You can fly from Carcassonne to Saint-Raphael in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Carcassonne in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 8 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez (in Saint-Tropez), Cogolin (Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, Domaine de la Giscle, &more) and Les Murs Vegetaux (in Gassin). There's much more to do: stroll around Parc St Bernard, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Cap Lardier, explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and stop by Chateau de la Clapiere.

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Drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hyeres, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 7 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Stand-Up Paddleboarding), Trolib (in Cassis) and Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip site.

Getting from Hyeres to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Mon) before leaving for home.
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