15 days in South of France Itinerary

15 days in South of France Itinerary

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15 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Belfast
Fly:  6​h
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Avignon
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Carcassonne Center
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
End: Belfast

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, then get engrossed in the history at Palais Lascaris, and finally make a trip to Place Massena.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planner .

Belfast, UK to Nice is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Nice is 1 hour. Traveling from Belfast in July, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 32°C and lows about 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marineland, VinAzur - Vins de provence
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
On the 10th (Wed), make a trip to Site de Malpasset and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Jardin Bonaparte, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then partake in some friendly competition at Esterel Aventures.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nice in July since evenings lows in Saint-Raphael dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Site de Malpasset
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Esterel Aventures ©
Esterel Aventures
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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 12th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port. On your second day here, cruise along Route des Cretes, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip site .

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Marseille takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Marseille, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Cassis, Route des Cretes
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (in Saint-Remy-de-Provence), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Roussillon (Le Sentier des Ocres & Tapiezo). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Roussillon, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Arenes de Nimes, Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Les Noyeraies du Landers, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Exotique, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Vieux Sarlat, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sarlat-la-Caneda road trip planning site .

Getting from Avignon to Sarlat-la-Caneda by combination of train and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Avignon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Jardin Exotique
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Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Carcassonne Center is known for historic sites, museums, nature, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne, make a trip to Cité de Carcassonne, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne Center takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Chateaux de Lastours, La cité médiévale
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

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