8 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Toulouse
— 1 night
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Nice — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La cité médiévale and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée Marc Chagall. Go for a jaunt from Nice to Cannes to see Lérins Islands about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, make a trip to Eglise, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nice travel route website.

Denver, USA to Nice is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in September since evenings lows in Nice dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Marseille trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in September since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wine Safari, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, and finally explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Avignon day trip planner.

Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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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 7th (Thu): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally engage your brain at Aeroscopia.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Toulouse day trip site.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Toulouse sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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