19 days in South of France Itinerary

19 days in South of France Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nice
— 2 nights
2
Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
3
Antibes
— 2 nights
4
Marseille
— 2 nights
5
Avignon
— 1 night
6
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
7
Aix-en-Provence
— 3 nights
8
Arles
— 3 nights

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilique Notre-Dame de Nice and Old Harbor (La Darse). Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Nice to St-Paul-de-Vence to see Saint-Paul de Vence about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, take a memorable drive along Tete de Chien, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice attractions planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Nice is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Geneva in October, with highs in Nice at °F and lows at °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Old Harbor (La Darse), Saint-Paul de Vence, Tete de Chien, The Church of Èze
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 7th (Mon), kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, thenstroll through La Ponche Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Tropez Harbor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Gorges de Pennafort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Nartelle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse de Ramatuelle.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nice in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Saint-Tropez, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Plage de la Nartelle, Gorges de Pennafort
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
La Ponche Beach ©
La Ponche Beach

2
nights
Antibes

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Les Murs Peints, thencontemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, thentake a stroll through Le Suquet, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre-Dame de Bon Port. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Biot, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de la Garoupe.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Antibes holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Antibes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Antibes, with lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Antibes

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Eglise de Biot, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews ©
Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) ©
Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe)

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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.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Calanques, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine, and then admire the natural beauty at Palais du Pharo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Marseille day trip planner.

You can drive from Antibes to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Calanques, Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine ©
Grotte de Sainte Marie Madeleine
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major

1
night
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 13th (Sun): make a trip to Palais des Papes, examine the collection at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, thendo a tasting at Domaine de Beaurenard, thensnap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Avignon journey site.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October in Avignon, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Chateauneuf-du-Pape
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Musee du Petit Palais ©
Musee du Petit Palais
Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente ©
Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente

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Carcassonne

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 14th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, thensnap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), thenwander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Rose et Paul. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, and then ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

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Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Le Tour de l'Horloge, get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, thenexamine the collection at Musee Granet, and finally stop by Cours Mirabeau. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, thenexamine the collection at Museum Calisson, and finally experience rural life at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence trip builder website.

Drive from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Arles.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
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Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras ©
Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras
Vieil Aix ©
Vieil Aix

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Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) and Eglise St-Vincent will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eglise St-Trophime and Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons. When in Arles, make a side trip to see Plage de Piemanson in Salin de Giraud, approximately Salin de Giraud away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, steep yourself in history at Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet, and delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Arles online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Plage de Piemanson, Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons
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St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) ©
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime
Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons ©
Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons

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