9 days in South of France Itinerary

9 days in South of France Itinerary

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9 days in South of France Itinerary

Boston
bus + Fly:  16​h 30​min
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Boston

2
days
Nice

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.
On the 21st (Thu), examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice vacation builder.

Boston, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Nice. In June in Nice, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence
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Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville

3
days
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Visit Palais des Papes and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde for their historical value. Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Granet Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Marseille (Abbaye Saint-Victor & Librairie du MuCEM) and Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, see the interesting displays at Foundation Vasarely, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix.

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Getting from Nice to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Aix-en-Provence, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marseille, Avignon
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Site Memorial du Camp des Milles
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

1
day
Carcassonne

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 26th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Saint-Nazaire.

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You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

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Historic Sites
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Cathar Castles
Cité de Carcassonne
Basilica of Saint-Nazaire

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