57 days in South of France Itinerary

57 days in South of France Itinerary

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57 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Nice
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hyeres
— 10 nights
4
Carcassonne
— 7 nights
5
Avignon
— 7 nights
train:  45​min
6
Marseille
— 10 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane

11
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), Old Town, & more), Cannes (Les Caprices de Marilyn, Galerie1414, & more) and Musee Lou Ferouil (in Gilette). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, wander the streets of Avenue Jean Medecin, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice trip builder site .

Brisbane, Australia to Nice is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in April; daily highs in Nice reach 20°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Eze
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

8
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Sainte-Maxime (Galerie Regard, Domaine des Beaucas, & more), Seillans (Domaine Val d'Iris & Domaine Stalenq Huile D'Olive) and Port Grimaud Beach (in Port Grimaud).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip website .

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Wineries Golf

Side Trips

Frejus, Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime, Seillans, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Golf de Roquebrune Resort ©
Golf de Roquebrune Resort
Domaine La Tourraque ©
Domaine La Tourraque
Domaine des Tournels ©
Domaine des Tournels

10
nights
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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Six-Fours-les-Plages (Notre Dame du Mai & Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole), Le Lavandou (Plage de Cavaliere & Jet 007) and Domaine Murennes (in La Mole). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Domaine CROIX ROUSSE, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, take in nature's colorful creations at Parc St Bernard, and stop by Chateau de la Clapiere.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hyeres trip app .

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Saint-Tropez, Cogolin, Grimaud
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Domaine CROIX ROUSSE ©
Domaine CROIX ROUSSE
La plage ©
La plage

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Toulouse (Place du Capitole, Room Escape Games, & more) and Golf d'Aigueleze (in Rivieres). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, do a tasting at Chateau Du Donjon, and get to know the fascinating history of La Cite Medievale.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne day trip planning website .

Drive from Hyeres to Carcassonne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Carcassonne, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Toulouse, Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Spas, Golf d'Aigueleze
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Chateau Canet ©
Chateau Canet

7
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Bertrand Bosc (in Montpellier). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, do a tasting at Nuances du Sud, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and play a few rounds at Golf club de Servanes.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Beaumes-de-Venise, Seguret, Vacqueyras, Bertrand Bosc
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Bertrand Bosc ©
Bertrand Bosc
Arnoux et Fils Vignerons ©
Arnoux et Fils Vignerons
Domaine Marcel Richaud ©
Domaine Marcel Richaud

10
nights
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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Golf International de Pont Royal (in Mallemort), La Ciotat (La Calanque de Figuerolles, Chapelle des Penitents Bleus, & more) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, hike along Foret de Roustagnon, and don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Marseille travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June in Marseille, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat, Cassis, Foret de Roustagnon, Golf International de Pont Royal
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Cours Mirabeau ©
Cours Mirabeau
The Panier ©
The Panier

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