8 days in South of France Itinerary

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Bordeaux
— 1 day
Drive
2
Toulouse
— 1 night
Drive
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Fly
4
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral.

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Dublin, Ireland to Bordeaux is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Bordeaux is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): make a trip to Le Capitole, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, relax and rejuvenate at Le Riad du Bien etre, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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You can drive from Bordeaux to Toulouse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Toulouse sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Carcassonne.
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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.
On the 28th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Carcassonne Cathedral, then take in the views from Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee De L'ecole.

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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, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the flight 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally examine the collection at Musee Granet. On the next day, stop by The Panier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Fly from Carcassonne to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Marseille are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.
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Nice — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Morgana Boutique (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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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 December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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