20 days in South of France Itinerary

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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
Fly
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 1 night
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Avignon — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, then don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, and then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon online travel route planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Avignon is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Avignon due to the time zone difference. May in Avignon sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Scuba & Snorkeling), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Trolib (in Cassis). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take a stroll through The Panier, and don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres), Plage Des Brouis (in La Croix-Valmer) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Scuba & Snorkeling & Domaine Sainte Marie). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Murs Vegetaux, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and indulge your senses at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael vacation maker.

Drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Picasso (in Antibes) and La Croisette (in Cannes). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nice journey builder app.

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 May in Nice, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 2 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.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Carnot. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, then make a trip to La Porte D'aude, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find maps and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip planning website.

You can fly from Nice to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 51°F in Carcassonne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle road trip website.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.
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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Bordeaux: Chateau Cantenac (in Saint-Emilion) and La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Bourse, make a trip to The Water Mirror, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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