60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Saint-Raphael
— 7 nights
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Hyeres
— 8 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Avignon
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne
— 8 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 6 nights
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 6 nights
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Nice
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Saint-Raphael

— 7 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Port Grimaud 1 Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Calanque de Maubois and Plage de L'Oratoire. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Plage des Canebiers (in Saint-Tropez), Grimaud (Plage des Cigales, Plage du Vieux Moulin, &more) and Sainte-Maxime (Plage de la Madrague & Plage de la Nartelle). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach, delve into the distant past at Barrage de Malpasset, head outdoors with Forcerie Vial, and stroll through Plage du Chateau.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael tour planner.

Sydney, Australia to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Saint-Raphael due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sydney in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Hyeres.

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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 11:

Hyeres

— 8 nights
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. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Cavaliere. Step out of the city life by going to Decouverte du Vivant and Plage du Pradeau. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Plage de la Faviere) and Le Lavandou (Plage de l'Anglade, Grande Plage du Lavandou, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Plage La Capte, explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and kick back and relax at Plage de Renecros.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyeres trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 19:

Marseille

— 7 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bestouan Beach and Plage Lumiere. Escape the urban bustle at Trolib and La Calanque de Figuerolles. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume), Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and go for a walk through Calanque de Port-Miou.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 26:

Avignon

— 7 nights

City of Popes

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Carrieres des Lumieres. You'll explore and learn at Musee Angladon and Un Siecle de Roulottes. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wine Safari, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

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Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 3:

Carcassonne

— 8 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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee des Augustins and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins & Basilique Saint-Sernin), Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet) and Perpignan (Castillet & Cathedrale St-Jean). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, and see some colorful creatures with Terre Liquide.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 11:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 6 nights
Appreciate the collections at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and Musee Zadkine. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Beynac. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: Moulin de la Rouzique (in Couze-et-Saint-Front), Domaine Des Sangliers (in Puy-l'Eveque) and Plan d'eau le Lac Vert (in Catus).

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Castelnaud-la-Chapelle visit planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle when traveling from Carcassonne in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Porto-Vecchio.

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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

— 6 nights
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Get in touch with nature at Plage de Palombaggia and Plage de Santa Giulia. You'll get in some beach time at Plage de Tamaricciu and Plage de la Tour Genoise Fautea. Get out of town with these interesting Porto-Vecchio side-trips: Pianottoli-Caldarello (Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi & Plage de San Giovanni), Porto Pollo Plongee (in Serra-di-Ferro) and Plage de Porto Pollo (in Porto Pollo). There's much more to do: stroll through Nature Reserve of Scandola, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, head outdoors with Le Club de Voile de Bonifacio, and steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Porto-Vecchio attractions planner.

You can fly from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Porto-Vecchio in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Porto-Vecchio, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nice.

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Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:

Nice

— 9 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 some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Appreciate the collections at Musée Marc Chagall and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's lots more to do: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, contemplate the long history of Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Porto-Vecchio to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Find places to stay Oct 23 — Nov 1: