15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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Fly to Nantes, Drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Croix-Valmer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 1 night
On the 1st (Wed), find something for the whole family at Futuroscope.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Chasseneuil-du-Poitou trip itinerary planner.

Paphos, Cyprus to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Paphos in June; daily highs in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou reach 28°C and lows reach 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks
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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 2nd (Thu): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then make a splash at Parc Aquaviva, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to Carcassonne in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in July, expect Carcassonne to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Wineries
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

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 3rd (Fri), learn about winemaking at Vignobles Mayard, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and finally take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Avignon online day trip planner.

Getting from Carcassonne to Avignon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

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 4th (Sat): make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

La Croix-Valmer

— 2 nights
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. On the 6th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Vergeron, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Heraclee Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage d'Aiguebelle, kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, do a tasting at Domaine Sainte Marie, then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Grimaud 1 Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Notre Dame de la Queste.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to La Croix-Valmer takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Attractions like Massif de l'Esterel and Plage de Guerrevieille make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Saint-Raphael to go to Puget-sur-Argens and see Waterworld lake of gaudrade, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Calanque de Maubois, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, stop by Catalan Bougie, and stroll through Plage de L'Oratoire.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from La Croix-Valmer to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. When traveling from La Croix-Valmer in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Saint-Raphael: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

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.
Bring the kids along to Marineland and Vieille Ville. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Chapelle Saint-Bernardin (in Antibes). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, look for gifts at Le Clos de Laure, kick back and relax at Castel Plage, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

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 July in Nice, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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