59 days in South of France Itinerary

59 days in South of France Itinerary

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59 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Menton
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Orcieres
— 8 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carcassonne
— 8 nights
5
Aix-en-Provence
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 7 nights
taxi + train:  1​h 45​min
7
Cannes
— 9 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Jeddah

8
nights
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Take a break from the city and head to Nice Rafting and Mala Beach Coastal Path. Get some cultural insight at Basilica St. Michel and Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Explore Menton's surroundings by going to Coaraze (Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste & Ruines de Rocca Sparviera), Ruines de Chateauneuf Villevieille (in Chateauneuf-Villevieille) and Utelle (La Madone d'Utelle & Église Saint Veran). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, admire the masterpieces at Musee du Bastion, look for gifts at Prestige de Menton, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Promenade Le Corbusier.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Menton trip planner .

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Menton is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. In March, Menton is cooler than Jeddah - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Orcieres.

Things to do in Menton

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Cap d'Ail, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Coaraze, Breil-sur-Roya
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Basilica St. Michel ©
Basilica St. Michel
Villa Kerylos ©
Villa Kerylos

8
nights
Orcieres

Orcieres ©
Orcières is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France. Step off the beaten path and head to Winter Parc and Ski Orcieres Merlette. Get some historical perspective at Fort Vauban and Ruines du Fort de Reallon. Explore Orcieres' surroundings by going to Muséoscope Lake (in Rousset), Esf Chabanon (in Selonnet) and L’Accrobranche Serre-Poncon Aventure (in Chorges). On the 15th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Vars Speed Masters. On the 17th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Le Corbier. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Station de Ski Reallon, take in the dramatic natural features at The Petrifying Fountain of Reotier, stroll through Saint Dalmas Le Selvage, and hike along Parc National des Ecrins.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Orcieres trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Menton to Orcieres in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Menton in March, plan for little chillier nights in Orcieres, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Orcieres

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Reallon, Vars, Saint Dalmas Le Selvage, Vallon de Narreyroux, Parc National des Ecrins
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 17:
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Esf Chabanon ©
Esf Chabanon
Fort Vauban ©
Fort Vauban
Muséoscope Lake ©
Muséoscope Lake

9
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grotte du Pech-Merle and Chateau de Hautefort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Beynac and The Maison Forte de Reignac. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sarlat-la-Caneda: Campagne (Chateau de Campagne & Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Campagne), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plage Du Bac De Sors, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Front, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, and examine the collection at Musee du Chai de Lardimalie.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Orcieres to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Perigueux, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Campagne, Le Chateau de Belves
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Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Grotte du Pech-Merle ©
Grotte du Pech-Merle
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac

8
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Toulouse-Lautrec and Musee des Augustins. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Station de Ski Montclar and Eglise Saint-Nazaire. Get out of town with these interesting Carcassonne side-trips: Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile (in Albi), Toulouse (Church of Les Jacobins, Basilique Saint-Sernin, & more) and Narbonne (Abbaye de Fontfroide & Cathedrale St-Just). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Peyrepertuse, witness the site of a historic battle at Château de Salses, and get to know the fascinating history of Cité de Carcassonne.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne holiday planner.

Getting from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Carcassonne by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Toulouse, Narbonne, Albi, La cité médiévale, Chateau de Queribus
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Chateau de Peyrepertuse ©
Chateau de Peyrepertuse

9
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Step out of the city life by going to Sentier Jean Francois Jube and Les Gorges de Regalon. Get a sense of the local culture at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), Centre Horloger de Provence (in Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue) and Arles (Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), & more). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Parc national des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, tour the pleasant surroundings at Foret de Roustagnon, and step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Carcassonne to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Aix-en-Provence are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, Arles, Avignon, Roman Theatre of Orange, Eglise Medievale Notre-Dame-d'Alydon
Find places to stay Apr 3 — 12:
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Site Memorial du Camp des Milles ©
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes

7
nights
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. We've included these beaches for you: Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Cavaliere. Shop till you drop at L'Atelier du Souffleur de Verre and Ferme de La Celestine. Venture out of the city with trips to Domaine CROIX ROUSSE (in Puget-Ville), Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres) and Sanctuaire Notre-Dame des Anges (in Pignans). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecuries d'Entrecolles, and trek along Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bormes-Les-Mimosas vacation planner .

You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, La Londe Les Maures, Plage de Gigaro, Sanctuaire Notre-Dame des Anges, Chapelle Saint-Quinis
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Chartreuse de la Verne ©
Chartreuse de la Verne

9
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Musée Marc Chagall. Get outdoors at Lérins Islands and Station de Ski L'Audibergue. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannes: Eglise St Pierre & Paul (in Cagnes-sur-Mer), Nice (St Nicholas Cathedral, Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, & more) and Villa Santo Sospir (in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat). The adventure continues: wander the streets of La Croisette, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, view the masterpieces at Verrerie Pierini, and stroll through Massif du Tanneron.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cannes vacation planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Cannes in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daytime highs in Cannes are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nice, Biot, St-Paul-de-Vence, Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, 365 Fromages
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

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