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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Aix-en-Provence
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 1 night
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Montpellier
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
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Toulouse
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 1 night
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Antibes (Le Nomade & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nice trip maker site.

Seattle, USA to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Nice, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect Nice to be a bit warmer, temps between 58°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Parc national des Calanques (in Cassis), Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in La Ciotat) and Marseille (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Le Vieux Port, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, examine the collection at Musee Granet, wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in December, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

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 11th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, and finally look for gifts at Moulin a Huile de Barbentane.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, Avignon is slightly colder than Aix-en-Provence - with highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Montpellier.
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Montpellier — 2 nights

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Place Saint-Roch, then trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and then walk around Maison de la Nature. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre, then admire the masterpieces at Musee Fabre, then soak in style at Turkish baths, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Place de la Comedie.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Montpellier tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Avignon to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in December, you will find days in Montpellier are somewhat warmer (56°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then visit Cité de Carcassonne, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Place Carnot, then don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Caunes Minervois, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carcassonne trip maker app.

Drive from Montpellier to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Escape Game S Room Agency, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, and then do a tasting at Cave de Labastide. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, pick up some local products at Marche Victor Hugo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, then slough off your stress at Le Riad du Bien etre, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Capitole.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Toulouse online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Toulouse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to fly to La Rochelle.
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La Rochelle — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Vieux Port, then look for gifts at Cognac Only, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Rochelle journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to La Rochelle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Toulouse in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in La Rochelle, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.
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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, then make a trip to Place du Parlement, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and finally make a trip to The Water Mirror. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pont de Pierre and then admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux journey planning website.

Traveling by car from La Rochelle to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from La Rochelle in December since evenings lows in Bordeaux dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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