36 days in South of France Itinerary

36 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France vacation planner
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Bonifacio, Corsica
— 4 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Saint-Emilion
— 5 nights
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Carcassonne
— 4 nights
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Perpignan
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
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Nice — 5 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Le Suquet and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Venture out of the city with trips to Azur Wine Tours (in Vence), Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and browse the exhibits of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

Kelowna, Canada to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 9 hours. September in Nice sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Bonifacio.
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Bonifacio, Corsica — 4 nights

At the southernmost tip of the island of Corsica, Bonifacio is a city with chalk-white limestone outcrops sculpted into unusual shapes by the ocean.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cimetiere Marin de Bonifacio and Bastion de L'Etendard. Step off the beaten path and head to Plage du Petit Sperone and La Tonnara Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bonifacio: Filitosa (in Sollacaro), U Porcu RANGER (in Figari) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Propriano). There's still lots to do: stroll through Plage De Roccapina, make a trip to Escalier du Roi d'Aragon (King Aragon Steps), take in the waterfront at Port de Plaisance de Bonifacio, and Head underground at Grottes de Bonifacio.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bonifacio trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Nice to Bonifacio by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Nice in September, you will find days in Bonifacio are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): walk around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac and then examine the collection at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and then make a trip to Chateau des Milandes.

Start your trip to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Bonifacio to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and taxi. Traveling from Bonifacio in September, things will get a bit cooler in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: highs are around 28°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Saint-Emilion.
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Saint-Emilion — 5 nights

Standing magnificently on top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne Valley filled with lush vineyards, Saint-Émilion fuses history and modern culture with medieval ambience--even in its wine bars, museums, markets, art galleries, cafes, and shops.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion and Chateau La Croizille. Explore hidden gems such as Chateau Cantenac and Chateau Paloumey. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Emilion: Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac), Chateau de Duras (in Duras) and Chateau Feely (in Saussignac). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at Remy Martin, do a tasting at Chateau Laniote, make a trip to Cloitre des Cordeliers, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Hautefort.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saint-Emilion trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Saint-Emilion takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. October in Saint-Emilion sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne — 4 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Eglise Saint-Nazaire and Musee Toulouse-Lautrec. Get some cultural insight at Cité de Carcassonne and Cloitre de la Collegiale Saint Salvy. Step out of Carcassonne with an excursion to Chateau de Foix in Foix--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Lastours, and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip maker app.

You can drive from Saint-Emilion to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Perpignan.
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Perpignan — 5 nights

Perpignan is a city, a commune, and the capital of the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France. Get a sense of the local culture at Abbaye Saint Martin du Canigou and Cathedrale St-Just. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abbaye de Fontfroide and Château de Salses. Get out of town with these interesting Perpignan side-trips: Chateau de Queribus (in Cucugnan), Chateau de Peyrepertuse (in Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse) and Fort Saint-Elme (in Collioure). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Jean, explore the striking landscape at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and stroll around Promenade du Front de Mer.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Perpignan trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Perpignan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Perpignan sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:

Avignon — 5 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Roman Theatre of Orange. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Distillerie A. Blachere. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Arles (Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Eglise St-Trophime, &more), Arc de Triomphe (in Orange) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Dedicate the 19th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee Fabre, steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Avignon road trip site.

Drive from Perpignan to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

Aix-en-Provence — 4 nights

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get some cultural insight at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Citadelle de Sisteron and Vieil Aix. Venture out of the city with trips to Marseille (The Panier, Cathédrale La Major, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Chateau La Coste en Provence, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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