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

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: Antibes (Le Nomade, Marché provençal, &more), Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of 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-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.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Side Trips
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Marseille — 3 nights

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, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chateau d'If.

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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.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Avignon — 2 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.
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.

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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.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries
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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Carcassonne — 1 night

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): appreciate the extensive heritage of 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.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries
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Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Toulouse — 3 nights

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 Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Le Capitole, appreciate the extensive heritage of Quai de la Daurade, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Victor Hugo, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Perdu.

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Drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Toulouse sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
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 fly; or take a train. 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.
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La Rochelle — 2 nights

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. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step aboard Hermione-La Fayette, then kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, then get great views at Clocher Observatoire, and finally stop by Les Papas Confituriers.

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You can drive from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in December, expect La Rochelle to be a bit warmer, temps between 53°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bordeaux.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Beaches
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Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Bordeaux — 2 nights

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 du Parlement, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then ponder the design of Fontaine des Trois 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 fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
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