22 days in South of France Itinerary

22 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 1 night
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Hyeres
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux
— 4 nights
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Nice

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Musee Picasso in Antibes (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in November; daily highs in Nice reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

Saint-Raphael

— 1 night
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 7th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Monument aux Morts, then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip maker tool.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Nice in November, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

Hyeres

— 3 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Pause Serenite (in La Croix-Valmer), Wine Tours Provence & Riviera (in Cogolin) and Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Regard.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyeres trip maker site.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Hyeres sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

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Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:

Marseille

— 3 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stroll through Parc National des Calanques, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and stop by La Baleine a Cabosse.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille route maker app.

Getting from Hyeres to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:

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.
On the 14th (Sun), snap pictures at Pont du Gard, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): 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.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Trails · Museums · Parks

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Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Cathedrale St-Just in Narbonne (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St. Vincent, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 18:

Bordeaux

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to La Grande Dune du Pilat in Pyla-sur-Mer (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, browse for treasures at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, and pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Bordeaux takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22: