7 days in South of France Itinerary

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Le Lavandou
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Train to Barcelona, Fly to Los Angeles


Nice — 2 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musée Marc Chagall and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coco Beach, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nice trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Nice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Le Lavandou.
Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks
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Le Lavandou — 2 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 8th (Mon), kick back and relax at Plage de Vergeron, kick back and relax at Plage Des Brouis, then kick back and relax at Plage de Gigaro, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Heraclee Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Anglade, stroll through Grande Plage du Lavandou, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Saint-Clair, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage d'Aiguebelle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Cavaliere, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Sainte Marie.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Le Lavandou online holiday planner.

Getting from Nice to Le Lavandou by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Le Lavandou sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries
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Carcassonne — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): visit Cité de Carcassonne, take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, then contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

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Traveling by car from Le Lavandou to Carcassonne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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