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
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Toulouse
— 3 nights
Drive
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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: Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more), Antibes (Le Nomade, Marché provençal, &more) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the masterpieces at Espace Ferrero.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nice trip planning tool.

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 November, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 63°F and lows about 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Marseille.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: 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 The Panier, take in the dramatic natural features at Parc national des Calanques, and head off the coast to Chateau d'If.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Marseille are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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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.
On the 12th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Palais des Papes, make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and then make a trip to Pont du Gard. Keep things going the next day: 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 brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Avignon travel planning app.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Avignon sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, explore the historical opulence of Chateaux de Lastours, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carcassonne itinerary maker website.

Drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Toulouse.
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Escape Game S Room Agency (in Montauban) and Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Cite de l'espace, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Perdu, make a trip to Le Capitole, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Toulouse road trip planning tool.

Drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Toulouse sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.
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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou — 1 night

On the 18th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Futuroscope.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Chasseneuil-du-Poitou trip builder tool.

Getting from Toulouse to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Rochelle.
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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 19th (Thu): explore the activities along Vieux Port, make a trip to Porte de la Grosse-Horloge, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle. Keep things going the next day: step aboard Hermione - La Fayette, kick back and relax at Plage de Chatelaillon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clocher Observatoire, and finally look for gifts at Les Papas Confituriers.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read La Rochelle road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to La Rochelle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in La Rochelle when traveling from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in November, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough 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.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral, make a trip to Place du Parlement, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, then make a trip to Fontaine des Trois Graces, and finally don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Pont de Pierre and then browse the exhibits of La Cite du Vin.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux online journey planner.

Drive from La Rochelle to Bordeaux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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