12 days in South of France Itinerary

12 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France trip planner

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Fly
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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
4
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive
5
Toulouse
— 1 night
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Lérins Islands, Galerie1414, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice trip builder app.

Panama City, Panama to Nice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Panama City in December, with highs in Nice at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

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.
On the 25th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally visit The Panier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Granet.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Marseille. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Avignon vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Marseille in December, with highs in Avignon at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, then take an in-depth tour of Musee De L'ecole, and finally learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Toulouse

— 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Musee des Augustins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, then soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse online road trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Toulouse sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Toulouse

Spas · Baths · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Bordeaux

— 2 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.
On the 30th (Thu), make a trip to Place du Parlement, make a trip to The Water Mirror, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bordeaux trip builder.

Getting from Toulouse to Bordeaux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31: