13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night

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Nice

Nice ©

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice and Tete de Chien. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Saint-Paul de Vence. Take a break from Nice with a short trip to La Citadelle d'Entrevaux in Entrevaux, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder.

Newark, USA to Nice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Nice is 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Newark in October, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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 ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, then admire the sheer force of Gorges de Pennafort, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Baumette, then appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, then explore the galleries of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, and finally hike along Massif du Tanneron.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael driving holiday planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial ©
Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial
Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, then take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ponche Beach, and finally take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Nartelle, head outdoors with Tahiti Plage, then get outside with Sentier du Littoral, and finally don't miss a visit to Port de Cavalaire.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a ferry. In October in Saint-Tropez, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
La Ponche Beach ©
La Ponche Beach

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Marseille

Marseille ©

Gateway to Provence

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, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip maker website.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 ©

City of Popes

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.
On the 13th (Sun), get to know the fascinating history of Porte Condamine Tarascon City Gate, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Pape Jean XXII, then steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, and finally snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then learn about winemaking at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, and finally browse the exhibits of Musee du Petit Palais.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Avignon holiday planner.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Wine Tours & Tastings
Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise St-Trophime

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©

Medieval Heart of France

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.
On the 15th (Tue), learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards and then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carcassonne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

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