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). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

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

Seattle, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-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.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 8:

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). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by The Panier, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and look for gifts at Trois Fenetres.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Marseille online attractions planner.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

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.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:

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.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 14:

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 Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi) and S Room Agency (in Montauban). And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Cite de l'espace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Les Jacobins, get to know the fascinating history of Quai de la Daurade, and soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Toulouse trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Carcassonne to Toulouse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chasseneuil-du-Poitou.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

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: take a train; or fly. 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.

Things to do in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou

Theme Parks
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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. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Association Hermione-La Fayette, stroll through Plage de Chatelaillon, then get great views at Clocher Observatoire, and finally look for gifts at Les Papas Confituriers.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Rochelle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou to La Rochelle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Chasseneuil-du-Poitou in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in La Rochelle, with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bordeaux.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

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 Parlement, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, then make a trip to Fountain of Three 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Museums · Historic Sites
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