12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Lourdes
— 2 nights
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Albi
— 1 night
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and La cité médiévale. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and Le Suquet. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary site.

Dallas, USA to Nice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dallas to Nice. In May, Nice is little chillier than Dallas - with highs of 69°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Marseille

— 2 nights

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 (Wed), take a stroll through The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then make a trip to Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Marseille online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Avignon

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, then steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime, then explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and finally explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, 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.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in May, expect nights in Carcassonne to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

Lourdes

— 2 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, then make a trip to Basilique Saint-Pie X, and finally see the interesting displays at Moulin de Boly - Maison Natale de Bernadette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes, then step into the grandiose world of Château de Pau, and then don't miss a visit to Boulevard des Pyrenees.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lourdes tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Lourdes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Lourdes sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Albi.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Albi

— 1 night
Albi is a commune in southern France. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de la Berbie.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Albi holiday builder app.

You can drive from Lourdes to Albi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Albi can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albi

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 11 — 12: