8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

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Fly
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
Drive
3
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
4
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
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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.
Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip maker tool.

Durham, UK to Nice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Durham to Nice. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Durham in July; daily highs in Nice reach 32°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Memorial des Guerres en Indochine, see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, then have fun at Jardin Bonaparte, and finally see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer).

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael route planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and finally contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon attractions planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 27th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Cavayere, steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip site.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac, and then Head underground at Grotte de Rouffignac.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda travel route app.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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