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), La Rochelle (Vieux Port & Aquarium La Rochelle) and Spas (in Bayonne). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, admire the masterpieces at CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, take a stroll through Promenade Sainte Catherine, and take in the views from Pont de Pierre.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip maker website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bordeaux is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect nights in Bordeaux to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.
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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 Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Le Capitole, &more), Balma (Spas & Galerie 21 Toulouse) and Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets 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 drive; or 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.
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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), La Maison Carree (in Nimes) and Montpellier (Bertrand Bosc & Cathedrale St. Pierre). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Avignon trip builder website.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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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 La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Casino Pleinair, &more), Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Cassis (Trolib & Cape Canaille). 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, wander the streets of The Panier, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire.

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.
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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: Sentier du Littoral (in Saint-Tropez), Bandol (Villa des Flo & Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales) and Six-Fours-les-Plages (Ile du Gaou, Eglise Saint Pierre Du Brusc, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Parc Sainte-Claire, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Michel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Du Patrimoine.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyeres trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Hyeres sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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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: Thalasso Spa Les Issambres (in Les Issambres), Sainte-Maxime (Promenade Aymeric Simon Loriere & Kelys) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). There's lots more to do: partake in some friendly competition at Total Xscape, don't miss a visit to Site de Malpasset, see the interesting displays at Musee des Troupes de Marine, and let the kids burn off some steam at 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.
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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: Antibes (Marché provençal, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more), Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more) and Station de Ski L'Audibergue (in Andon). Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: stop by Old Town, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Mt Boron.

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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.
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