40 days in South of France Itinerary

40 days in South of France Itinerary

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40 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Nice
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Castellane
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Avignon
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carcassonne Center
— 5 nights
6
Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Saint-Raphael
— 10 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Doha

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marineland and Aquasplash. Venture out of the city with trips to Swim with Dolphins (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Cannes (Lérins Islands & Stand-Up Paddleboarding). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coco Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nice online holiday planner .

Doha, Qatar to Nice is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Doha in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Castellane

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Family-friendly places like Waterworld and Aquaparc embrun will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Castellane: La Citadelle d'Entrevaux (in Entrevaux), Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon) and Lac d'Allos (in Allos). On the 14th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Station de Ski L'Audibergue. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and get outside with Lac de Serre-Poncon.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Castellane online day trip planner .

You can drive from Nice to Castellane in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Nice in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Castellane: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Route des Cretes La Palud, Les Gorges du Verdon, Waterworld, Station de Ski L'Audibergue, La Citadelle d'Entrevaux
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River Rafting & Tubing
Les Gorges du Verdon ©
Les Gorges du Verdon

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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.
Bring the kids along to Palais des Papes and Bureau des moniteurs du gard. Venture out of the city with trips to Marseille (Skatepark du Prado & Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Arenes de Nimes (in Nimes). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, have some family-friendly fun at Le Bois des Lutins, get in on the family fun at Le Parc Alexis Gruss, and head outdoors with Canoe Evasion.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Castellane to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Marseille, Bureau des moniteurs du gard, Carrieres des Lumieres, Canoe Evasion, Colline Saint-Eutrope
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins
Calanques ©
Calanques

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Chateau de Castelnaud and Chateau des Milandes. Explore Sarlat-la-Caneda's surroundings by going to Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac) and Le Bournat (in Le Bugue). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Puymartin, examine the collection at Manoir de Gisson, and make a trip to Les Cabanes du Breuil.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Avignon to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Avignon in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, Le Bournat, Gouffre de Padirac, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Gouffre de Padirac ©
Gouffre de Padirac

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Carcassonne Center

Carcassonne Center ©
Attractions like Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne and Zipline make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Grotte de Niaux in Niaux (about 1h 35 min away). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Cité de Carcassonne, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Le Parc Australien, contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Lastours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center online visit planner .

Drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne Center in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

La cité médiévale, Chateaux de Lastours, Grotte de Niaux
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Grotte de Niaux ©
Grotte de Niaux
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

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Hyeres

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Plage noire du Langoustier and Kiddy Parc. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage La Capte, kick back and relax at Plage de l'Almanarre, head outdoors with la tribu bulles, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hyeres trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Carcassonne Center to Hyeres in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Presqu'ile de Giens ©
Presqu'ile de Giens
Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier
Kiddy Parc ©
Kiddy Parc

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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Aqualand Frejus and Lac de Saint-Cassien. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Lac De Sainte Croix (in Aiguines), Parc Zoologique de Frejus (in Frejus) and Plage de l'Escalet (in Ramatuelle).

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hyeres in August: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Frejus, Plage de l'Escalet, Lac de Saint-Cassien, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Grotte de Saint-Cezaire
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Lac De Sainte Croix ©
Lac De Sainte Croix
Aqualand Frejus ©
Aqualand Frejus
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet

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