20 days in South of France Itinerary

20 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
— 1 night
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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Nice

— 4 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 out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more) and Antibes (Le Nomade, Marché provençal, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, make a trip to Place du General de Gaulle, and examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall.

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Seattle, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Nice is 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in Nice at 58°F and lows at 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Marseille

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by Trois Fenetres, visit The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

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Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Marseille, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Avignon

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, and then don't miss a visit to Pont du Gard. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally learn about winemaking at Distillerie A. Blachere.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Avignon road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in December, expect Avignon to be slightly colder, temps between 50°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Carcassonne

— 1 night

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 (Sat): take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and then do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

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Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Toulouse: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and S Room Agency (in Montauban). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Le Riad du Bien etre, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins.

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Getting from Carcassonne to Toulouse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Toulouse are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Futuroscope.

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Traveling by car from Toulouse to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Toulouse in December, expect nights in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:
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La Rochelle

— 2 nights

White City

Driving on the narrow streets can be difficult in La Rochelle so walking or biking will give you the best view of the pale stone buildings that give the Vieux Port, or old port, a distinctly Mediterranean quality.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, then make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Chatelaillon, then get great views at Clocher Observatoire, and finally look for gifts at Les Papas Confituriers.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read La Rochelle trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in December: high temperatures in La Rochelle hover around 53°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Bordeaux

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Place Parlement, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then ponder the design of Fountain of Three Graces, and finally don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Pont de Pierre and then admire the landmark architecture of La Cite du Vin.

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Getting from La Rochelle to Bordeaux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from La Rochelle in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 38°F in Bordeaux. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20: