60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Saint-Raphael
— 7 nights
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Hyeres
— 8 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Avignon
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne
— 8 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 6 nights
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 6 nights
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Nice
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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 in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Calanque de Maubois. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Abel Baliff Beach and Plage de la Baumette. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Port Grimaud 1 Beach (in Port Grimaud), Grimaud (Plage des Cigales, Plage de I'Anse du Vieux Moulin, &more) and Plage des Canebiers (in Saint-Tropez). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, stroll through Plage du Chateau, delve into the distant past at Barrage de Malpasset, and kick back and relax at Plage Robinson.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Saint-Raphael. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Gigaro and Plage La Capte. Step out of the city life by going to Decouverte du Vivant and Plage du Pradeau. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Plage de la Faviere), La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more) and Le Lavandou (Plage de l'Anglade, Grande Plage du Lavandou, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach La Bergerie, kick back and relax at Plage noire du Langoustier, and explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyeres day trip planner.

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 September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bestouan Beach and Plage Lumiere. Escape the urban bustle at Trolib and Route des Cretes. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles), Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume). Spend the 23rd (Fri) 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 a stroll through The Panier, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and go for a walk through Calanque de Port-Miou.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 7 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. You'll explore and learn at Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Calvet. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)). And it doesn't end there: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and examine the collection at Un Siecle de Roulottes.

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You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Avignon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 8 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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee des Augustins and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Perpignan (Castillet & Cathedrale St-Jean), Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins & Basilique Saint-Sernin) and Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, and see some colorful creatures with Terre Liquide.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 6 nights

Appreciate the collections at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and Musee Zadkine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Castelnaud. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front), Plan d'eau le Lac Vert (in Catus) and Domaine Des Sangliers (in Puy-l'Eveque).

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle holiday site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to fly to Porto-Vecchio.
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica — 6 nights

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Get in touch with nature at Plage de Palombaggia and Iles Lavezzi. You'll get in some beach time at Plage de Santa Giulia and Plage de la Tour Genoise Fautea. Get out of town with these interesting Porto-Vecchio side-trips: Porto Pollo Plongee (in Serra-di-Ferro), Pianottoli-Caldarello (Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi & Plage de San Giovanni) and Plage de Porto Pollo (in Porto Pollo). There's much more to do: stroll through Nature Reserve of Scandola, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, head outdoors with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, and steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Porto-Vecchio attractions planner.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Porto-Vecchio in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Porto-Vecchio, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nice.
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Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:

Nice — 9 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.
Get some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Rue d'Antibes. Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Lérins Islands, La Croisette, &more), Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, cast your line with Riviera fly-fishing, and explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Porto-Vecchio to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.
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