50 days in South of France Itinerary

50 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 6 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Nice
— 13 nights
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Bordeaux

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bordeaux side-trips: La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Spas (in Bayonne) and La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine, and don't miss a visit to Place du Parlement.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux travel itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bordeaux is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, you will find days in Bordeaux are a bit warmer (11°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Carcassonne

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Balma (Spas & Galerie 21 Toulouse), Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Le Capitole, &more) and Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, make a trip to Place Carnot, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Carcassonne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bordeaux to Carcassonne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 30:

Avignon

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Arc de Triomphe (in Orange), Montpellier (Bertrand Bosc & Cathedrale St. Pierre) and La Maison Carree (in Nimes). Dedicate the 1st (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, and contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon road trip website.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Avignon are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:

Marseille

— 7 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 Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Cours Mirabeau, &more), Cassis (Trolib & Cape Canaille) and La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Casino Pleinair Partouche, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, experience rural life at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 12:

Hyeres

— 6 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Bandol (Villa des Flo & Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales), Sentier du Littoral (in Saint-Tropez) and Six-Fours-les-Plages (Ile du Gaou, Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Parc Sainte-Claire, stop by Le village des Tortues, get engrossed in the history at Musee Du Patrimoine, and pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame De Constance.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Marseille to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 18:

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron), Sainte-Maxime (Promenade Aymeric Simon Loriere & Kelys) and Thalasso Spa Les Issambres (in Les Issambres). There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at Total Xscape, don't miss a visit to Site de Malpasset, stroll through Base Nature Francois Leotard, and stroll around Jardin Bonaparte.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael day trip site.

You can drive from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Casinos

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 18 — 24:

Nice

— 13 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 these side-trips from Nice: Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon), Antibes (Marché provençal, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: stop by Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

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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. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in February, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — Mar 9: