21 days in South of France Itinerary

21 days in South of France Itinerary

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Antibes
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
3
Hyeres
— 4 nights
4
Avignon
— 2 nights
5
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
6
Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet
— 1 night
7
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
— 2 nights
8
La Rochelle
— 1 night

3
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Antibes

Antibes ©
The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Bring the kids along to Marineland and Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with Easy Dive, make a splash at Aquasplash, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Naturiste De La Batterie, and get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Antibes itinerary builder tool.

Nice to Antibes is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In August, daytime highs in Antibes are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Antibes

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Cannes, Mairie de le Cannet, Plage Naturiste De La Batterie
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Easy Dive ©
Easy Dive
Marineland ©
Marineland
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

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Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kids will enjoy TakSea and Grimaud aventure. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf) and La Pointe de l'Aiguille (in Theoule sur Mer). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), test your problem-solving skills at Active Escape, and kick back and relax at Calanque de Maubois.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip maker.

Traveling by car from Antibes to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Antibes in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saint-Raphael, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Frejus, Theoule sur Mer, Plage Robinson, Grimaud aventure, Waterworld lake of gaudrade
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TakSea ©
TakSea
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Waterworld lake of gaudrade ©
Waterworld lake of gaudrade

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Hyeres

Hyeres ©
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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dune La Londe and Aquavillage Parc. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: La Croix-Valmer (Heraclee Beach & Plage de Sylvabelle), Coudou Parc (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island). There's still lots to do: stroll through Plage noire du Langoustier, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc, explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and stop by Daskalides Chocolatier.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hyeres journey planning tool.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hyeres can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

La Londe Les Maures, La Croix-Valmer, Plage de Jean Blanc, Coudou Parc, Plage Notre Dame
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Dune La Londe ©
Dune La Londe
Coudou Parc ©
Coudou Parc
Plage noire du Langoustier ©
Plage noire du Langoustier

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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.
On the 12th (Sat), skim along the rocks with Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard and then get interesting insight from Accroche-Aventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally make a trip to Palais des Papes.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Hyeres to Avignon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Avignon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Gordes, Accroche-Aventure, Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard
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Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard ©
Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Le Sentier des Ocres ©
Le Sentier des Ocres

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take a memorable tour with 02 Aventure, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de la Cavayere, and then make a splash at Parc Aquaviva. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Le Parc Australien, wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Avignon to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
02 Aventure ©
02 Aventure
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

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Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet

Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet ©
Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographySaint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is located in the canton of La Vallée de l'Agly and in the arrondissement of Perpignan.Government and politicsMayorsInternational relationsSaint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is twinned with the town of Ennis in the Republic of Ireland.Sites of interest The church of the chapter of Saint-Paul, built between the 14th and 17th centuries and protected as a monument historique since 1989. On the 16th (Wed), let the river carry you with Oxygen Aventure, explore the stunning scenery at Gorges de Galamus, and then get outside with Pech de Bugarach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet trip planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet in 1.5 hours. In September in Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.

Things to do in Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Pech de Bugarach
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Oxygen Aventure ©
Oxygen Aventure
Gorges de Galamus ©
Gorges de Galamus
Pech de Bugarach ©
Pech de Bugarach

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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle ©
On the 17th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, let little ones run wild at Labyrinthe de Mais des Chateaux, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud. On your second day here, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with Montgolfiere et Chateaux.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Castelnaud-la-Chapelle route maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet in September, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Rochelle.

Things to do in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Vezac, Beynac-et-Cazenac
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac ©
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

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La Rochelle

La Rochelle ©
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 19th (Sat), explore the activities along Vieux Port, then make a trip to Towers of La Rochelle, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium La Rochelle.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the La Rochelle trip planner.

Getting from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle to La Rochelle by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Rochelle

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Towers of La Rochelle ©
Towers of La Rochelle

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