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: Cleveland
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Carcassonne Center
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Cleveland

1
night
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamaricciu Beach. Keep things going the next day: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Petit Sperone.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto-Vecchio trip planner.

Cleveland, USA to Porto-Vecchio is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Cleveland to Porto-Vecchio. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bonifacio
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Scuba & Snorkeling
plage de Tamaricciu ©
plage de Tamaricciu
Plage du Petit Sperone ©
Plage du Petit Sperone

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Commarque, and finally step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Porto-Vecchio to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Porto-Vecchio in May, Sarlat-la-Caneda is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau des Milandes, Chateau de Commarque, Chateau de Beynac
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac

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Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, and finally take a stroll through Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne Center holiday maker website .

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne Center in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

2
nights
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 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, then make a trip to Roman Theatre of Orange, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Avignon, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Carrieres des Lumieres, Roman Theatre of Orange, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
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Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

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nights
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.
On the 25th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice, examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then admire the masterpieces at Palais Lascaris, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Suquet, then wander the streets of La Croisette, and then get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nice road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cannes, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes ©

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