10 days in South of France Itinerary

10 days in South of France Itinerary

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10 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Nice
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Avignon
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Marseille
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
Nice

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then explore the galleries of Palais Lascaris, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall and then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip maker .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May: high temperatures in Nice hover around 69°F and lows are around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

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Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 4th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center holiday site .

Traveling by car from Nice to Carcassonne Center takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in May, Carcassonne Center is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

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Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 5th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, and then contemplate the long history of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Carcassonne Center to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, The Maison Forte de Reignac
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac

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Avignon

Avignon ©
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 6th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, then delve into the distant past at Roman Theatre of Orange, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Avignon online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Avignon in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Roman Theatre of Orange
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

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nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Let the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Paul Cezanne’s Studio capture your imagination. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence will appeal to history buffs. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles) and Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet & Fondation Vasarely). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Marseille visit planner.

Take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Marseille, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Carrieres des Lumieres, Calanques
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Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Site Memorial du Camp des Milles

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