12 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip planner
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Fly
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Cannes
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Biarritz
— 1 night
Drive
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
4
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Le Lavandou
— 3 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Cape Town

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Cannes — 4 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Do your shopping at La Croisette and Gallery 26. Let the collections at Musée Marc Chagall and Galerie Gabel capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Nice (Coco Beach, Old Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, stop by Le Suquet, and steep yourself in history at Lérins Islands.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes holiday planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Cannes is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in September, expect Cannes to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to fly to Biarritz.
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Biarritz — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, kick back and relax at Plage d'Ilbarritz, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Port Vieux Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Biarritz trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Cannes to Biarritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, and then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne road trip tool.

Getting from Biarritz to Carcassonne by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. September in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and then take in the exciting artwork at Street Part. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Plage de Renecros, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

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Fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Le Lavandou.
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Le Lavandou — 3 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Plage Des Brouis, then kick back and relax at Plage de Cavaliere, then kick back and relax at Plage de La Fossette, and finally look for gifts at A L'en Verre. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Plage de Pampelonne, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Canebiers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Grimaud 1 Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Marines.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Le Lavandou trip website.

You can drive from Marseille to Le Lavandou in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Le Lavandou sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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