8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 1 night
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Nice — 3 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 4th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, kick back and relax at Castel Plage, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary planning website.

Boston, USA to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Nice, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Boston in August since evenings lows in Nice dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Saint-Raphael — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), identify plant and animal life at TakSea, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cite Episcopale.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in August, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can fly to Carcassonne.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip
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Carcassonne — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Saint-Raphael to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Carcassonne, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
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Avignon — 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Tue), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To find out how to plan a trip to Avignon, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Marseille — 1 night

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 10th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip planning app.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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