20 days in South of France Itinerary

20 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France visit planner

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Hyeres
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bordeaux
— 2 nights
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La Rochelle
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Hyeres

— 3 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Le village des Tortues (in Gonfaron), Pause Serenite (in La Croix-Valmer) and Park and Gardens of the Mediterranean (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on Dune La Londe, examine the collection at Confiserie Azureenne, stroll around Parc Olbius-Riquier, and pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame De Constance.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hyeres holiday planning tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Hyeres is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town to Hyeres, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in November, expect Hyeres to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

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 (Fondation Vasarely, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Trolib (in Cassis). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, stop by The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre, and finally take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

Carcassonne

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to La Porte D'aude, then get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne, and then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge).

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Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in November, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Tour Pey-Berland, then don't miss a visit to Place du Parlement, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Pont de Pierre, then admire the striking features of La Cite du Vin, and then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Bordeaux driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Carcassonne to Bordeaux in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Bordeaux, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 20:

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.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the activities along Vieux Port, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle, then don't miss a visit to Towers of La Rochelle, and finally take an in-depth tour of New World Museum (Musee du Nouveau-Monde). Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then step aboard Hermione-La Fayette.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Rochelle road trip site.

You can drive from Bordeaux to La Rochelle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in La Rochelle can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Nice.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Spas · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

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.
Nice is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip planning website.

You can fly from La Rochelle to Nice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. November in Nice sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 27: