13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

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13 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5​h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Marseille
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
5
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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 a sense of the local culture at Vieille Ville and La Croisette. Popular historic sites such as Saint-Paul de Vence and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, stroll through Eze Sur Mer Strand, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

London, UK to Nice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 28°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Cannes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Eze Sur Mer Strand
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence

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Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Bormes-Les-Mimosas ©
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. Relax by the water at La plage and Plage de Jean Blanc. Change things up with these side-trips from Bormes-Les-Mimosas: La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Vergeron, Heraclee Beach, & more). There's more to do: stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Trophyme..

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bormes-Les-Mimosas online day trip planner .

Getting from Nice to Bormes-Les-Mimosas by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bormes-Les-Mimosas, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Le Lavandou
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La plage ©
La plage
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage du Debarquement ©
Plage du Debarquement

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Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Bestouan Beach, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille trip planner .

You can drive from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Bestouan Beach
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2
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Avignon

Avignon ©
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 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Roman Theatre of Orange, then contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Baux de Provence.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Avignon travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Marseille to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Roman Theatre of Orange, Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque ©
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
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.
On the 1st (Tue), do a tasting at O'Vineyards, then steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and then contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Chateau St Jacques d’Albas, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent's Church.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carcassonne travel planner .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Carcassonne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carcassonne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trip

La cité médiévale
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
La cité médiévale ©
La cité médiévale

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