33 days in South of France Itinerary

33 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive
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Le Lavandou
— 4 nights
Fly
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 4 nights
Fly
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 2 nights
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Nice — 6 nights

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.
Relax by the water at Plage de la Mariniere and Palmes Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Quai des Etats Unis. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Vence (Ville medieval & La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence), Monastere de l'Annonciade (in Menton) and Antibes (Old Town & Plage du Ponteil). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding of the past and present with a heritage tour, see some colorful creatures with Cap Ferrat Diving, ponder the design of Fontaine du Soleil, and make a trip to Fort du Mont Alban.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice visit planning app.

Sutton-on-Sea, UK to Nice is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sutton-on-Sea to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:

Saint-Raphael — 5 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cap du Dramont and Musee des Troupes de Marine. Explore hidden gems such as Plage de la Nartelle and Agathonis Plongee. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and La Pointe de l'Aiguille (in Theoule sur Mer). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Vinaigre, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), walk around Jardin Bonaparte, and kick back and relax at Plage de L'Oratoire.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael journey website.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saint-Raphael, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Le Lavandou.
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Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:

Le Lavandou — 4 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Explore hidden gems such as Cap Taillat and Plage de L'Argentiere. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Saint-Clair and Plage de Bonporteau. Change things up with these side-trips from Le Lavandou: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Gigaro, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grande Plage du Lavandou, hike along Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, kick back and relax at Plage d'Aiguebelle, and make a trip to Port de Cavalaire.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Le Lavandou trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Le Lavandou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Porto-Vecchio.
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Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Porto-Vecchio, Corsica — 4 nights

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Relax by the water at La Tonnara Beach and Plage de San Giovanni. Discover out-of-the-way places like Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio and Ranch Villata. Get out of town with these interesting Porto-Vecchio side-trips: Piscia di Gallu (in Zonza) and Bonifacio (Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio, Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, &more). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Tarco, kick back and relax at Cala Rossa, see human ingenuity at work at Barrage de l'Ospedale, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto-Vecchio day trip planner.

You can fly from Le Lavandou to Porto-Vecchio in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to fly to Avignon.
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Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Avignon — 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau des Roure and Wine Safari. Bring the kids along to Aven Grotte Forestiere and L'Artisan Nougatier. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Le Chaudron d'Or (in Montelimar), Uzes (Uzes Cathedral, Place aux herbes, &more) and Alain Bateaux (in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc). Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre, take an in-depth tour of Musee Lapidaire, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon online trip maker.

You can fly from Porto-Vecchio to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, ferry, and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.
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Find places to stay Aug 7 — 12:

Carcassonne — 4 nights

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Mirepoix Cathedral and Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne. Family-friendly places like Le Moulin à Papier de Brousses and La Porte D'aude will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Cap-d'Agde (Port de Cap d’Agde, Plage du Mole, &more), Mirepoix (Place des Couverts & Place Marechal Leclerc) and Mazamet (La Passerelle de Mazamet & Lac des Montagnes). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Mirepoix, look for gifts at Philippe Boccardi, Artisan Chocolatier, get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and cool off at Parc Aquaviva.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carcassonne holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take a stroll through Bastide du Perigord, don't miss a visit to Place des Cornieres, Monpazier, then make a trip to Cloitre de Cadouin, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin de Planbuisson. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Jardin Exotique, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then Head underground at La Grotte De Domme, and finally stroll around Bambousaie de La Roque-Gageac.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle itinerary website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.
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Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): make a trip to Collegiale St Pierre, walk around Parc floral de la Roseraie, then make a trip to Baptistere Saint-Jean, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In August, daily temperatures in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20: