46 days in South of France Itinerary

46 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
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Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 5 nights
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Nice
— 8 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux

— 5 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.
Let the collections at Musee d'Aquitaine and Musee du Vin et du Negoce capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux and Chateau Pape Clement. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc), Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte (in Martillac) and Saint-Emilion (Chateau Guadet, Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret, &more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Fleche Saint-Michel, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, steep yourself in history at Port de la Lune, and get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip itinerary planning site.

Montreal, Canada to Bordeaux is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Bordeaux due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in October, with highs in Bordeaux at 23°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Futuroscope.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou trip planner.

Getting from Bordeaux to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Beynac and Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos. Get some cultural insight at Manoir de Gisson and Musee Zadkine. Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Chateau de Campagne (in Campagne), L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur (in Saint-Avit-Senieur) and Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac (in Salviac). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, take an in-depth tour of Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe, relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and take in panoramic vistas at Ascenceur Panoramique.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Carcassonne

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Carcassonne Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and O'Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carcassonne: Eglise Notre-Dame (in Vals), Mirepoix (Mirepoix Cathedral & Bastide de Mirepoix) and Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses (in Brousses-et-Villaret). There's much more to do: take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), learn about all things military at Centre Culturel De La Memoire Combattante, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and admire the local landmark of Place Carnot.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Carcassonne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nice.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Nice

— 8 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Matisse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and Ville medieval. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and Antibes (Old Town & Chapelle de la Garoupe). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Avenue Jean Medecin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Èze, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nice trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Carcassonne to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Carcassonne in October, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

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Saint-Raphael

— 5 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Chapelle Sainte Roseline. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Massif de l'Esterel and Chateau de Bargeme. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Les POUN'S EN Herbe (in Montauroux) and Village de Bargeme (in Bargeme). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, learn about all things military at Musee de L'Artillerie, look for all kinds of wild species at Agathonis Plongee, and get outside with Cap du Dramont.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael vacation builder website.

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. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:

Hyeres

— 6 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Vieille Ville and Notre Dame de Consolation will appeal to history buffs. Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime and Memorial du Debarquement et de la Liberation en Provence will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Fidelius Spa (in Ollioules), Abbaye de La Celle (in La Celle) and Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Graces (in Cotignac). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Plage de l'Almanarre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hyeres road trip planning website.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Hyeres sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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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 explore and learn at Centre de la Vieille Charite and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathédrale La Major. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, take an in-depth tour of Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, take a stroll through The Panier, and see the interesting displays at Pavillon M.

Plan trip to Marseille with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Marseille are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Avignon

— 5 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.
Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Abbaye de Montmajour. Explore hidden gems such as Musee du Petit Palais and Eglise St-Trophime. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Chateau de Tarascon (in Tarascon) and Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre, and step off the mainland to explore Ile de la Barthelasse.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip maker.

Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Avignon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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