8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France visit planner
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Fly
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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 18th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Boston, USA to Nice is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Nice. July in Nice sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Saint-Raphael — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): stroll through Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), then see some colorful creatures with TakSea, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cite Episcopale.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in July, plan for little chillier nights in Saint-Raphael, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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 22nd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and then do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Saint-Raphael to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:

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 23rd (Sat), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and then don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Avignon sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries
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 24th (Sun), shop like a local with Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marseille travel route website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Marseille are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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