38 days in South of France Itinerary

38 days in South of France Itinerary

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38 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Nice
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Hyeres
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Carcassonne
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Avignon
— 6 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Marseille
— 7 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Marche Forville), Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Villa Eilenroc, &more) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

For maps, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Nice travel route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Nice. Traveling from Washington DC in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Antibes, Cannes, Eglise, Atelier Madoura, Eglise St Pierre & Paul
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

5
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Seillans (La Ferme des Cairns & Domaine Val d'Iris), Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf) and Roquebrune-sur-Argens (Cueillette du Rocher, Golf de Roquebrune Resort, &more).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Frejus, Sainte-Maxime, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, Seillans, Massif du Tanneron
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Massif du Tanneron ©
Massif du Tanneron
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
La Ferme des Cairns ©
La Ferme des Cairns

7
nights
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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Chapelle des Penitents (in Grimaud), Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste (in Sollies-Pont) and Les Murs Vegetaux (in Gassin). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Sentier sous marin, head off the coast to Ile du Grand Rouveau, hike along Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, and stroll around Parc Sainte-Claire.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hyeres trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in April, plan for slightly colder days in Hyeres, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Six-Fours-les-Plages, La Londe Les Maures, Saint-Tropez, Virtual Room Toulon
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Sentier sous marin ©
Sentier sous marin
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas ©
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and Toulouse (Musee des Augustins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, learn about winemaking at Chateau Canet, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, and don't miss a visit to Notre Dame du Cros.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online attractions planner .

Getting from Hyeres to Carcassonne by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. April in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Toulouse, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Mount Perdu
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Mount Perdu ©
Mount Perdu

6
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Chateau Maucoil (in Orange) and Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and experience rural life at La Petite Ferme.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Gordes, Carpentras, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Lafare A Cheval
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), La Ciotat (Musee des Chantiers Naval & Route des Cretes) and Foret de Roustagnon (in Bandol). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, browse the collection at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montagne Sainte Victoire.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner.

Take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, La Ciotat, Laser game Evolution, Foret de Roustagnon
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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