42 days in South of France Itinerary

42 days in South of France Itinerary

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42 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27​h
1
Eze
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
3
Avignon
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Montpellier
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
5
Narbonne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Toulouse
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rodez
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Beynac-et-Cazenac
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Bordeaux
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
11
Montignac
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  35​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Eze

Eze ©
Hillside villages along the Mediterranean coast don't come more picturesque than Eze, attracting vacationers with its perfectly preserved medieval streets, colorful botanical gardens, and sweeping sea views.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Madone d'Utelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, make a trip to Fort de la Revere, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Èze. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame des Fontaines, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Tende, then see the interesting displays at Musée des Merveilles, then admire the landmark architecture of Monastere de Saorge, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tete de Chien.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Eze tour itinerary builder website .

Sydney, Australia to Eze is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Eze can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Eze

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Tende, Musee du Bastion, Fort de la ligne Maginot, Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs, Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
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The Church of Èze ©
The Church of Èze
Musée des Merveilles ©
Musée des Merveilles
Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs ©

4
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Gallifet and Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque. Eglise du Saint-Esprit and Les Lauves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Le musée de l’Annonciade (in Saint-Tropez), Mane (Chateau de Sauvan & Museum of Salagon) and Francois Doucet Confiseur (in Oraison). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Terrain des Peintres (Painters Park), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapelle Sainte Roseline, explore the different monuments and memorials at Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, and make a trip to Port de Cavalaire.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Eze to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mane, Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, Le musée de l’Annonciade, Chapelle Sainte Roseline, Francois Doucet Confiseur
Find places to stay May 4 — 8:
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Chateau de Sauvan ©
Chateau de Sauvan
Museum of  Salagon ©
Museum of Salagon

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.
On the 9th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Palais du Roure, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiale Saint-Didier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Saint Martial, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Lapidaire, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Penitents Gris, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Symphorien. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame des Anges, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Pierre, then get a new perspective on nature at Musee Requien, then explore the world behind art at Musee Louis Vouland, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Agricol.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avignon day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Montpellier.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums
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Eglise Saint Pierre ©
Eglise Saint Pierre
Eglise Saint-Agricol ©
Eglise Saint-Agricol
Collegiale Saint-Didier ©
Collegiale Saint-Didier

4
nights
Montpellier

Montpellier ©
"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons and Aqueduct de Castries. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale de Maguelone - Domaine de Maguelone and Bertrand Bosc. Get out of town with these interesting Montpellier side-trips: Cathedrale Saint Fulcran (in Lodeve), Musee de la Soie (in Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort) and Abbaye de Valmagne (in Villeveyrac). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Petit Paradis de Vendargues, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables, don't miss a visit to Place Saint-Roch, and have some family-friendly fun at Mad Monkey.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Montpellier road trip site .

You can take a bus from Avignon to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Narbonne.

Things to do in Montpellier

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, Cathedrale Saint Fulcran, Musee de la Soie, Cathedrale de Maguelone, Abbaye de Valmagne
Find places to stay May 10 — 14:
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Cathedrale de Maguelone ©
Cathedrale de Maguelone
Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons ©
Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons
Abbaye de Valmagne ©
Abbaye de Valmagne

4
nights
Narbonne

Narbonne ©
The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'Art et d'Histoire and Musee de la Chevalerie. Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Saint-Paul and Maison Natale de Charles Trenet. Change things up with these side-trips from Narbonne: Site and archaeological museum Ensérune (in Nissan-lez-Enserune), Eglise abbatiale Saint Michel , son cloitre et le linteau (in Saint Genis des Fontaines) and Eglise de la Madeleine (in Beziers). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Le Tresor De La Cathedrale, make a trip to Eglise Saint-Sébastien, contemplate the long history of Via Domitia of Narbonne, and learn about winemaking at Sarrat de Goundy.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Narbonne trip planner .

Take a train from Montpellier to Narbonne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Narbonne

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Site and archaeological museum Ensérune, Eglise de la Madeleine, Prieure Santa Maria del Vilar, Amphoralis, Eglise abbatiale Saint Michel , son cloitre et le linteau
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Musee d'Art et d'Histoire ©
Musee d'Art et d'Histoire
Prieure Santa Maria del Vilar ©
Prieure Santa Maria del Vilar
Amphoralis ©
Amphoralis

4
nights
Toulouse

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Let the collections at Abbaye de Soreze and Musee Georges Labit capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Espace EDF Bazacle and Musee Dom Robert et de la tapisserie du XXe siecle. Get out of town with these interesting Toulouse side-trips: Eglise Notre-Dame (in Vals) and Mirepoix (Mirepoix Cathedral & Bastide de Mirepoix). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musee Departemental de la Resistance et de la Deportation, steep yourself in history at Hotel de Nupces, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Carmelites, and get engrossed in the history at Ailes Anciennes Toulouse.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Toulouse trip planner .

Getting from Narbonne to Toulouse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Toulouse can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Rodez.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Mirepoix, Soreze, Ailes Anciennes Toulouse, Eglise Notre-Dame
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Espace EDF Bazacle ©
Espace EDF Bazacle
Mirepoix Cathedral ©
Mirepoix Cathedral
Musee Georges Labit ©
Musee Georges Labit

2
nights
Rodez

Rodez ©
Rodez is a small city and commune in the South of France, about 150 km northeast of Toulouse. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at Musee du Couteau de Laguiole, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Bonneval, make a trip to La Vinzelle, then examine the collection at Maison de la Photo, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee Denys-Puech. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Le Grenier de Capou, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise de Perse, then partake in some friendly competition at Freemick Aventure, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Amans, and finally stop by Rodez Saturday Market.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rodez trip planner.

You can drive from Toulouse to Rodez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Toulouse in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rodez, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Beynac-et-Cazenac.

Things to do in Rodez

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Laguiole, La Vinzelle, Abbaye de Bonneval, Eglise de Perse, Maison de la Photo
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
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Musee du Couteau de Laguiole ©
Musee du Couteau de Laguiole
Abbaye de Bonneval ©
Abbaye de Bonneval
Eglise de Perse ©
Eglise de Perse

6
nights
Beynac-et-Cazenac

Beynac-et-Cazenac ©
Beynac-et-Cazenac is a village located in the Dordogne department in southwestern France.The medieval Château de Beynac is located in the commune.The village is classified as one of Les plus beaux villages de France (most beautiful villages of France).GeographyThe commune lies on the banks of the Dordogne River 10km southwest of Sarlat-la-Canéda.HistoryHistorically the first mention of Beynac dates to 1115 when Maynard de Beynac made a gift to the sisters at Fontevrault Abbey. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and Musee La Planete des Moulins. Explore hidden gems such as Château de Biron and Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beynac-et-Cazenac: Notre-Dame de Peyragude (in Penne d'Agenais), Chateau de Gavaudun (in Gavaudun) and Musee du Foie Gras (in Frespech). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of L'Abbaye de Saint-Avit-Senieur, take a stroll through Bastide du Perigord, see the interesting displays at Ferme Berino-Martinet - Musee du Pruneau, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de Campagne.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Beynac-et-Cazenac itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Rodez to Beynac-et-Cazenac in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Rodez in May, expect nights in Beynac-et-Cazenac to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Belves, Musee Zadkine, Musee La Planete des Moulins, Notre-Dame de Peyragude, Ecomusee de Cuzals
Find places to stay May 24 — 30:
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Château de Biron ©
Château de Biron
Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe ©
Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe

4
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau du Taillan and Chateau de la Mercerie. Let the collections at Cap Sciences and Antique Dealers of Village Notre Dame capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Bordeaux: Bazas Cathedral (in Bazas), Chateau de Villebois-Lavalette (in Villebois-Lavalette) and Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure (in La Sauve). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Chateau Paloumey, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Saint Ahon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Croix, and get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville (City Hall).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux tour planning app .

Drive from Beynac-et-Cazenac to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chateau Paloumey, Abbey of La Sauve-Majeure, Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron, Bazas Cathedrale, Chateau de la Mercerie
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:
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Chateau Paloumey ©
Chateau Paloumey
Chateau de Villebois-Lavalette ©
Chateau de Villebois-Lavalette
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron ©
Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron

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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 4th (Thu), examine the collection at Atelier - Musee Jean Lurcat, don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Pierre, then see the interesting displays at Abri Pataud, and finally relax in the rural setting at Ferme du Brusquand. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Saint Vincent le Paluel, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Saint Vincent le Paluel, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Voie Verte et Veloroute, then admire the local landmark of Fontaine Sainte-Marie, and finally pause for some photo ops at Le Badaud de Sarlat.

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You can drive from Bordeaux to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Montignac.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Atelier - Musee Jean Lurcat, Abri Pataud, Eglise Saint-Pierre, Chateau de Lacypierre
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Eglise Saint-Pierre ©
Eglise Saint-Pierre
Chateau de Lacypierre ©
Chateau de Lacypierre
Atelier - Musee Jean Lurcat ©
Atelier - Musee Jean Lurcat

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Montignac

Montignac ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Prehistorical site of Castel-Merle and Eglise Saint-Robert. Get some cultural insight at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling and Musee Napoleon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montignac: Chateau de Badefols d'Ans (in Badefols-d'Ans), Forges de Savignac-Ledrier (in Savignac-Ledrier) and Papeterie de Vaux (in Nontron).

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Montignac trip itinerary builder website .

Montignac is just a short distance from Sarlat-la-Caneda. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in June, you will find days in Montignac are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Montignac

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Brive-la-Gaillarde, Papeterie de Vaux, Musee Napoleon, Eglise de Pleaux, Eglise Saint-Robert
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Forges de Savignac-Ledrier ©
Forges de Savignac-Ledrier
Prehistorical site of Castel-Merle ©
Papeterie de Vaux ©
Papeterie de Vaux

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