8 days in South of France & La Condamine Itinerary

8 days in South of France & La Condamine Itinerary

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8 days in South of France & La Condamine Itinerary

Start: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Toulouse, France
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Carcassonne, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
La Condamine, Monaco
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Saint-Sernin, then steep yourself in history at Church of Les Jacobins, and finally don't miss a visit to Place du Capitole.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Toulouse trip planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Toulouse is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, Toulouse is somewhat warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Toulouse

Historic Sites Museums
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Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin
Le Capitole ©
Le Capitole
Church of Les Jacobins
Church of Les Jacobins

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Carcassonne, France

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 18th (Sat), snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune.

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You can take a train from Toulouse to Carcassonne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

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Marseille, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally make a trip to Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Calanque de Samena.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Marseille takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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Nice, France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, and then make a trip to Le Nomade. On the next day, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then make a trip to Place Massena, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in July, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to La Condamine.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Antibes
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Marineland ©
Marineland
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

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La Condamine, Monaco

La Condamine ©
La Condamine is the central Ward in the Principality of Monaco. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Place du Palais, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, then Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then step into the grandiose world of Prince's Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at The Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor and then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Condamine trip planner.

La Condamine is just a stone's throw from Nice. July in La Condamine sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Condamine

Historic Sites Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trips

Monaco-Ville, Monte-Carlo
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Prince's Palace ©
Prince's Palace
Casino of Monte-Carlo ©
Casino of Monte-Carlo
Jardin Exotique de Monaco ©
Jardin Exotique de Monaco

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