60 days in South of France Itinerary

60 days in South of France Itinerary

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Saint-Raphael
— 7 nights
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Hyeres
— 8 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Avignon
— 7 nights
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Carcassonne
— 8 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 6 nights
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Porto-Vecchio, Corsica
— 6 nights
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Nice
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Saint-Raphael

— 7 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Calanque de Maubois. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Abel Baliff Beach and Plage de Guerrevieille. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Grimaud (Plage des Cigales, Plage du Vieux Moulin, &more), Port Grimaud 1 Beach (in Port Grimaud) and Plage des Canebiers (in Saint-Tropez). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, stroll through Plage de la Nartelle, look for all kinds of wild species at Forcerie Vial, and kick back and relax at Plage Robinson.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael tour itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 25.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Saint-Raphael. Traveling from Sydney in September, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.

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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 11:

Hyeres

— 8 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Gigaro and Beach La Bergerie. Step out of the city life by going to Decouverte du Vivant and Plage La Capte. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more), Le Lavandou (Plage de l'Anglade, Grande Plage du Lavandou, &more) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Plage de la Faviere). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage du Pradeau, kick back and relax at Plage noire du Langoustier, and explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyeres day trip planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 19:

Marseille

— 7 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Bestouan Beach and Plage Lumiere. Escape the urban bustle at Trolib and La Calanque de Figuerolles. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Aix-en-Provence (Fondation Vasarely, Cours Mirabeau, &more), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and go for a walk through Calanque de Port-Miou.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 26:

Avignon

— 7 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll explore and learn at Carrieres des Lumieres and Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Arles (Eglise St-Trophime & Amphitheatre (les Arenes)). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, explore the ancient world of La Maison Carree, stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and examine the collection at Un Siecle de Roulottes.

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You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Avignon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

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Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 3:

Carcassonne

— 8 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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee des Augustins and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cité de Carcassonne and Basilique Saint-Sernin. Change things up with these side-trips from Carcassonne: Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet (in Ille-sur-Tet), Perpignan (Castillet & Cathedrale St-Jean) and Church of Les Jacobins (in Toulouse). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at O'Vineyards, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and see some colorful creatures with Terre Liquide.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Find places to stay Oct 3 — 11:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 6 nights
Appreciate the collections at Musee du Patrimoine Agricole et Automobile de Salviac and Musee La Rue du temps qui Passe. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Milandes and St-Pierre-Toirac Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Castelnaud-la-Chapelle: Plan d'eau le Lac Vert (in Catus), Musee Zadkine (in Les Arques) and Domaine Des Sangliers (in Puy-l'Eveque).

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Castelnaud-la-Chapelle holiday planning website.

Getting from Carcassonne to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carcassonne in October, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Porto-Vecchio.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 17:

Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

— 6 nights
Porto-Vecchio is a commune in the Corse-du-Sud department of France on the island of Corsica. Get in touch with nature at Plage de Palombaggia and Porto Pollo Plongee. You'll get in some beach time at Plage de Santa Giulia and Plage de la Tour Genoise Fautea. Get out of town with these interesting Porto-Vecchio side-trips: Plage de Porto Pollo (in Porto Pollo), Pianottoli-Caldarello (Sentier Littoral des Bruzzi & Plage de San Giovanni) and Bonifacio (Plage du Petit Sperone, Iles Lavezzi, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Nature Reserve of Scandola, don't miss a visit to Les Calanche Cliffs, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage De Roccapina, and steep yourself in history at Bonifacio Citadel.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto-Vecchio trip tool.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Porto-Vecchio by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Traveling from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Porto-Vecchio, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Nice.

Things to do in Porto-Vecchio

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Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:

Nice

— 9 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 some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Appreciate the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso), Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Cannes (Lérins Islands, Rue d'Antibes, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, cast your line with Riviera fly-fishing, and explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Porto-Vecchio to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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