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: London
Fly:  5​h
1
Nice
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  6​h
3
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Rocamadour
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Saint-Emilion
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Lourdes
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner .

London, UK to Nice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time is 1 hour. In August, Nice is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Antibes, Le Suquet, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. On the 26th (Mon), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Petit Sperone. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamaricciu Beach, and then make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps).

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto-Vecchio online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Nice to Porto-Vecchio by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Porto-Vecchio, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bonifacio
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tamaricciu Beach ©
Tamaricciu Beach

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Cathar Castles and Chateau Comtal. Chateau de Queribus and La cité médiévale will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau) and Abbaye de Fontfroide (in Narbonne). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, don't miss a visit to Chateau de Peyrepertuse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Carcassonne road trip planner.

Getting from Porto-Vecchio to Carcassonne by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Porto-Vecchio, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Rocamadour.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, Abbaye de Fontfroide, Château de Salses, Chateau de Queribus, Chateau de Peyrepertuse
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau de Peyrepertuse ©
Chateau de Peyrepertuse
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne

3
nights
Rocamadour

Rocamadour ©
Rocamadour is only accessible by one road leading into the port town built on the face of a cliff with a large number of buildings cantilevered over the edge.
Explore hidden gems such as Basilique St-Sauveur and Village de Conques. Get in touch with nature at Grotte du Pech-Merle and La Foret des Singes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rocamadour: Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie (in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie), Chateau de Cenevieres (in Cenevieres) and Abbatiale Sainte-Foy de Conques (in Conques). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Rocher des Aigles and contemplate the long history of Cite Religieuse.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rocamadour sightseeing tool .

Getting from Carcassonne to Rocamadour by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Carcassonne in August, plan for little chillier nights in Rocamadour, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil.

Things to do in Rocamadour

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Conques, Chateau de Cenevieres, Grotte du Pech-Merle, Bourg Medieval de Saint-Cirq Lapopie
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Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
Chateau de Cenevieres ©
Chateau de Cenevieres
Village de Conques ©
Village de Conques

2
nights
Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil ©
Best known for its discovery of the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil is home to the rock shelter that held skeletons included a fetus, and remarkably modern looking skulls with a much rounder shape than the earlier Neanderthal.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, and finally contemplate the long history of Roc de Cazelle. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Rouffignac, then steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac, then contemplate the long history of Château de Biron, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Bonaguil.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Rocamadour to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In September in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Emilion.

Things to do in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Château de Biron, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau des Milandes, Grotte de Rouffignac, Chateau de Beynac
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Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac
Chateau de Bonaguil ©
Chateau de Bonaguil

1
night
Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion ©
Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
On the 5th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, then steep yourself in history at Cloitre des Cordeliers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Collegiale de Saint-Emilion, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Emilion road trip site .

Traveling by car from Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil to Saint-Emilion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Saint-Emilion can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Saint-Emilion

Historic Sites Wineries
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion ©
Cloitre des Cordeliers ©
Cloitre des Cordeliers

2
nights
Lourdes

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle, and then steep yourself in history at Basilique Saint-Pie X. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, then explore the historical opulence of Château de Pau, and finally don't miss a visit to Boulevard des Pyrenees.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lourdes trip maker site .

You can drive from Saint-Emilion to Lourdes in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lourdes can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pau, Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees
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Basilique Saint-Pie X ©
Basilique Saint-Pie X
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Château de Pau ©
Château de Pau

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