13 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 1 night
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Toulouse
— 1 night
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Carcassonne
— 1 night
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Montpellier
— 1 night
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Avignon
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Bordeaux — 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Wed), admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, make a trip to The Water Mirror, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral.

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New York City, USA to Bordeaux is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Bordeaux is 6 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Toulouse.
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Toulouse — 1 night

La Ville Rose (Pink City)

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.
On the 29th (Thu), make a trip to Le Capitole, contemplate the long history of Church of Les Jacobins, then soak in style at Le Riad du Bien etre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Toulouse tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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Fun & Games · Baths · Spas · Historic Sites
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Carcassonne — 1 night

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 30th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Cité de Carcassonne, then get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole, and finally do a tasting at O'Vineyards.

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Traveling by car from Toulouse to Carcassonne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montpellier.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Wineries
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Montpellier — 1 night

"Montpellier is a modern, compact, and fast-growing city about 10 km (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean coast with an active, youthful vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Maison de la Nature, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St. Pierre.

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You can drive from Carcassonne to Montpellier in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Montpellier can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 1 night

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 1st (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

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Drive from Montpellier to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Montpellier in December, things will get little chillier in Avignon: highs are around 50°F and lows about 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), visit The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then make a trip to Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet.

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Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Marseille are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Nice.
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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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more). There's much more to do: visit Old Town, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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