43 days in South of France Itinerary

43 days in South of France Itinerary

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Biarritz
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Biarritz

— 5 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Biarritz side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray), La Citadelle de Saint Jean Pied de Port (in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port) and Chateau Observatoire Abbadia (in Hendaye). There's still lots to do: stop by L'Atelier du Piment, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, take an in-depth tour of Villa Arnaga, and hike along Sentier du Littoral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Biarritz road trip planning website.

Durham, USA to Biarritz is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Durham in July; daily highs in Biarritz reach 75°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 20:

Bordeaux

— 4 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle), La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer) and Chateau de Reignac (in Saint-Loubes). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, and do a tasting at Chateau Paloumey.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip app.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Grotte de Rouffignac (in Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac) and Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, take a memorable tour with Montgolfiere du Perigord, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Port Leucate (Leucate Jet Ski & La Plagette). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, let your taste buds guide you at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours, explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere, and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip builder tool.

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July since evenings lows in Carcassonne dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Escale Aventure (in Saint-Montan) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, scramble along the landscape with Hautes Alpes Canyoning Aquaticale, and steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Lesgeckos (in Vence), Cannes (La Croisette & Rue d'Antibes) and Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, Musee Picasso, &more). Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie LYMPIA.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in August, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 11:

Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, head outdoors with Jets'Cool, and identify plant and animal life at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer).

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online vacation 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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nice in August: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:

Saint-Tropez

— 5 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Tropez: La Londe Les Maures (Plage de L'Argentiere & Plage du Pellegrin), Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou) and Hyeres (Plage noire du Langoustier & Sentier sous marin). There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with Marine Air Sport, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud, whizz through the canopy at Grimaud aventure, and get outside with Cap Taillat.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint-Tropez road trip planning app.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Marseille

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages), Cassis (Trolib & Savonnerie de Cassis) and Bandol (Sentier Littoral & Atlantide). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and make a trip to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marseille vacation website.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Marseille are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26: