13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

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13 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Newark
train + Fly:  12​h
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Marseille
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Newark

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Citadelle d'Entrevaux and Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate. Step out of Nice to go to St-Paul-de-Vence and see Saint-Paul de Vence, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, and don't miss a visit to Tete de Chien.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice itinerary builder app .

Newark, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Nice is 6 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Newark in October since evenings lows in Nice dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tete de Chien, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence, La Citadelle d'Entrevaux
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Citadelle d'Entrevaux ©
La Citadelle d'Entrevaux
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
On the 7th (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, hike along Gorges de Pennafort, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Baumette, pause for some photo ops at Notre Dame d‘Afrique, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and finally hike along Massif du Tanneron.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Massif du Tanneron, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, Gorges de Pennafort
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Gorges de Pennafort ©
Gorges de Pennafort
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire ©

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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 9th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne, then examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then kick back and relax at La Ponche Beach, and finally go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Nartelle, head outdoors with Tahiti Plage, then head outdoors with Sentier du Littoral, and finally don't miss a visit to Port de Cavalaire.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez visit site .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Plage de la Nartelle, Port de Cavalaire
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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
La Ponche Beach ©
La Ponche Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Laurent and then explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Marseille driving holiday planner.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cathédrale La Major ©
Cathédrale La Major
Calanques ©
Calanques

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the striking features of Porte Condamine Tarascon City Gate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, then step into the grandiose world of Pope John XXII's Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and finally steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee du Petit Palais.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Avignon attractions site .

Traveling by train from Marseille to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Eglise St-Trophime, Porte Condamine Tarascon City Gate
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Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Wine Tours & Tastings

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): do a tasting at O'Vineyards and then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

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Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Wineries
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

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