21 days in South of France Itinerary

21 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France attractions planner

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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
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Carcassonne
— 3 nights
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Avignon

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Palais des Papes and Escale Aventure will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Le Museum de l’Ardeche (in Balazuc) and Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, head outdoors with GEO Ardeche Canyon, and explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Avignon travel route planning site.

Glasgow, UK to Avignon is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Glasgow in August: highs in Avignon hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

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.
Family-friendly places like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Parc National des Calanques will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Six-Fours-les-Plages (Sea Adventure & Var Lamas), Trolib (in Cassis) and Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales (in Bandol). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Marseille journey builder.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like TakSea and Waterworld lake of gaudrade. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon), Ramatuelle (Plage de l'Escalet & Cap Taillat) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, make a splash at Aqualand Frejus, and take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Verdon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Nice

— 5 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.
Attractions like Marineland and Promenade des Anglais make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Platea d'Antibes & Musee Picasso), Cannes (Vieux Port & Lérins Islands) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). There's still lots to do: visit Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip app.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, you will find days in Nice are little chillier (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (25°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then head outdoors with a canoë raid, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Les Grottes de Maxange. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Beynac, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Nice to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Carcassonne

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Cité de Carcassonne and Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine. Explore Carcassonne's surroundings by going to Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and Navivoile (in Canet-en-Roussillon). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Cavayere and contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carcassonne trip planner.

You can drive from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Carcassonne sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21: