34 days in South of France Itinerary

34 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion), Réserve Ornithologique du Teich (in Le Teich) and French Wine Adventures (in Saussignac). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, explore the activities along Vieux Port, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Bordeaux tour itinerary builder website.

Berlin, Germany to Bordeaux is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Wineries

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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
On the 28th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, get interesting insight from Montgolfiere et Chateaux, and then don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then walk around Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bordeaux in September since evenings lows in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Carcassonne

— 4 nights

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.
Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Toulouse (Le Capitole, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more) and Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), stroll around Place Gambetta, and do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in September since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:

Avignon

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Eglise St-Trophime), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Dedicate the 6th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon day trip website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:

Marseille

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Cassis (Trolib, Peche. Calanques. Com, &more), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Marseille online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Saint-Tropez

— 6 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Venture out of the city with trips to Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Fort de Bregancon & Domaine Sainte Marie), Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere, Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette, &more) and Hyeres (Plage noire du Langoustier & Sentier du Littoral de la Presqu'ile de Giens). There's much more to do: zoom along the surf with Adventure Sports Saint Tropez, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne, kick back and relax at Plage de Gigaro, and stop by Port Grimaud.

Discover how to plan a Saint-Tropez trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
When in Saint-Raphael, make a side trip to see Domaine Val d'Iris in Seillans, approximately Seillans away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, stroll through Calanque de Maubois, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 21:

Nice

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Galerie1414, Lérins Islands, &more) and Antibes (Musee Picasso & Le Nomade). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, make a trip to Place Massena, and see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

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

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 27: