22 days in South of France Itinerary

22 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France vacation planner

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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Arles
— 2 nights
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Cucugnan
— 1 night
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lourdes
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
— 3 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Marseille

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Popular historic sites such as Cathédrale La Major and Vieil Aix are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palais Longchamp and Vallon des Auffes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Orange (Arc de Triomphe & Roman Theatre of Orange). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Marseille road trip planner.

Kelowna, Canada to Marseille is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kelowna to Marseille is 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Arles

— 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon, enjoy breathtaking views from Tour Magne, get engrossed in the history at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), and finally contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, then explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arles route website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Arles are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Cucugnan.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Cucugnan

— 1 night
Cucugnan is a commune in the Aude department in southern France, approximately 29.5km north-west of Perpignan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Julien et Sainte-Basilisse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Julien et Sainte Basilisse, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau d'Aguilar, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre del Far, and finally contemplate the long history of Chateau de Queribus.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cucugnan tour site.

Traveling by car from Arles to Cucugnan takes 3 hours. January in Cucugnan sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Cucugnan

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Carcassonne

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Bastide de Mirepoix, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, then make a trip to Basilique Notre-Dame de Marceille, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbey of Saint-Hilaire. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Memorial House (Maison des Memoires), learn about winemaking at Winemaker Workshops, then do a tasting at Chateau Canet, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Heptagonale Sainte Marie.

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Getting from Cucugnan to Carcassonne by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Toulouse

— 3 nights

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Espace EDF Bazacle and Chateau of Gramont. Get a sense of the local culture at Musee des Jouets and Eglise Saint Jerome. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Toulouse: Eglise Notre-Dame-du-Bourg (in Rabastens), Chapel Church Église Notre-Dame de la Chapelle (in Lachapelle) and Cathedrale Saint-Alain (in Lavaur). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Carmelites, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Nicolas Church, shop like a local with Hotel d'Assezat, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Grand Rond.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Toulouse online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Toulouse, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Lourdes.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Lourdes

— 2 nights
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 17th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de l'Adoration., get engrossed in the history at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Sainte-Bernadette. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Le Cachot, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de Piétat, and then get outside with Caminando.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lourdes trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Toulouse to Lourdes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Toulouse in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lourdes, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

Bordeaux

— 3 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tour Pey-Berland and Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Abbaye de La Sauve-Majeure and Eglise Sainte-Croix. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Chateau Gravas (in Barsac), Bazas Cathedrale (in Bazas) and Chateau Coutet (in Saint-Emilion). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Chateau Les Chaumes, indulge in some personalized pampering at Cocoon'in, admire the striking features of Eglise Saint-Eloi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Louis des Chartrons.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Bordeaux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Nice.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

Nice

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Eglise De Sainte Jeanne D'arc and Chateau de Bargeme. Get some historical perspective at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs and La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Village de Bargeme (in Bargeme), Fayence (in Fayence) and Fort de la Ligne Maginot (in Sainte-Agnes). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Institut de Francais, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, see the interesting displays at Les Musees de La Citadelle, and contemplate the long history of La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul.

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You can fly from Bordeaux to Nice in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26: