8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

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8 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Nice
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Aix-en-Provence
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 1 day
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
On the 28th (Sat), wander the streets of Vieille Ville, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint-Paul de Vence, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at La Collegiale Saint Paul. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Nice vacation planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Nice, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Nice. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Marineland, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Marineland ©
Marineland
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

2
nights
Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Bormes-Les-Mimosas ©
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. On the 30th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Confiserie Azureenne, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Heraclee Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc, kick back and relax at Plage d'Aiguebelle, and then kick back and relax at La plage.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bormes-Les-Mimosas journey planner.

Drive from Nice to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, Bormes-Les-Mimosas is little chillier at night with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, La Croix-Valmer, Confiserie Azureenne
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La plage ©
La plage
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

1
night
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and finally make a trip to Cours Mirabeau.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip app .

Getting from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Paul Cezanne’s Studio ©
Paul Cezanne’s Studio
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau

1
day
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 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in October, things will get slightly colder in Sarlat-la-Caneda: highs are around 22°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

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