11 days in South of France Itinerary

11 days in South of France Itinerary

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Avignon
— 1 day
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2
Montpellier
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
Drive
4
Toulouse
— 1 night
Drive
5
Ceret
— 1 night
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Collioure
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7
Arles
— 1 night
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8
Marseille
— 2 nights
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9
Aix-en-Provence
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10
Mougins
— 2 nights
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11
Antibes
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Nice
— 2 nights
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Avignon — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then make a trip to Palais des Papes, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Avignon driving holiday planning app.

Bucharest, Romania to Avignon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Avignon due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bucharest in October, with highs in Avignon at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Montpellier.
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Montpellier — 1 night

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Montpellier travel planner.

Drive from Avignon to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Montpellier sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne

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 10th (Mon): stop by Cité de Carcassonne and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carcassonne trip app.

Traveling by car from Montpellier to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): make a trip to Le Capitole, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Toulouse trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ceret.
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Ceret — 1 night

Céret is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ceret trip planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Ceret in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Ceret are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 12th (Wed), you'll travel to Collioure.
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Collioure

Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyThe town of Collioure is on the Côte Vermeille, in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.ToponymyCollioure is named Cotlliure in Catalan.HistoryThere is a record of the castle at "Castrum Caucoliberi" having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy.Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the river Douy, the old town to the south named Port d'Avall (in French known as Le Faubourg) and the upstream port, Port d'Amunt (in French known as La Ville).Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. On the 12th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Fort Saint-Elme and then learn about all things military at Site House, Museum Of Catalan boats.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Collioure vacation planner.

Drive from Ceret to Collioure in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Collioure are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arles.
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Arles — 1 night

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Arles tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Collioure to Arles in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 15th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary app.

Drive from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mougins.
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Mougins — 2 nights

Mougins is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It is located on the heights of Cannes, in the district of Grasse. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Village de Mougins, then don't miss a visit to Galerie Lifetime Gallery, and then indulge your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mougins trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Mougins in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Mougins are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Antibes.
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Antibes

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) and then take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Antibes attractions planner.

Antibes is just a short distance from Mougins. In October in Antibes, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Statue de Charles Felix de Savoie, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then visit Vieille Ville, and finally don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Nice route planner.

You can drive from Antibes to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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