Discover the most picturesque places in the South of France with our one-of-a-kind road trip itinerary. If you are looking to discover France, but want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Paris, then this itinerary is ideal for you. With 7 charming stops, this road trip is perfect for an adventure with friends or a partner. So get ready to discover a different, more serene, side of France!
Officially called Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, this breathtaking commune is one of France’s most popular ski resorts. Situated at the base of Mont Blanc, this destination is ideal for skiers and non-skiers alike. During your stay, visiting Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, is a must. You can take the cable car up to the top, or you can go through the tunnel to experience the world’s deepest operational tunnel. Also worth exploring is L’Aiguille du Midi, which you can reach by cable car. On the summit of the mountain, you will find a Le 3842, a panoramic cafe serving delicious food. There, you will also find “Step Into the Void “- a glass cube that offers breathtaking views in all directions- including downwards! Finally, if you have some time to spare make sure to check out the fairytale village of Argentiere- a hidden gem nestled in the mountains.
Distance to next stop: 1h13
Discover why this beautiful city is known as the “Pearl of French Alps”. The city lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy overlooking the snowy mountains. Apart from impressive scenery, the city boasts picturesque cobbled streets and pastel-coloured buildings. Cycle along the lake or, weather-permitting, go for a dip to make the most of the glistening waters. As the city is near Switzerland, you will find that the city’s restaurants bear traces of Swiss cuisine. Make sure to try the cheesy raclette! If you find yourself there on a Sunday, you can check out the Sunday market, which is known as one of the best markets in France. Walk through the colourful stalls selling fresh produce and pick out goodies to take back home with you!
Distance to next stop: 1h21
This under-the-radar city, located at the foot of the French Alps, has been rated as one of the best places to live in France. All thanks to its beautiful scenery, dynamic job market, and abundance of things to there. The city is surrounded by snowy mountains and luscious green forests. You can take in the views from above by taking the cable car to the Bastille Fortress, on Mount Rachais. The city itself is also worth exploring. Since it is more than 2,000 years old, you will find many historic monuments that will make you feel like you have gone back in time. Take your time to talk through the city and take in its unique architectural style. Also, take the time to explore the city’s many art galleries and cultural museums.
Distance to next stop: 2h21
The historic city of Avignon is well worth discovering. This vibrant city is brimming with culture and history- the city’s famous medieval bridge alone is evidence of that. Spend your time there exploring the famous Palais des Papes, one of the world’s largest Gothic structures, and the majestic gardens of the Rocher des Doms. To soak up the local culture, make sure you pay a visit to Les Halles d’Avignon, the enormous covered market selling delicious fresh produce. Why not pick up fresh ingredients for a delicious homecooked meal? Or, if you are looking to fit in some exercise, you can go for a hike up to Dom rock to take in the beautiful views of the Rhône river. The city of the Avignon is the ultimate destination to experience the culture and spirit of southeastern France.
Distance to next stop: 1h10
The charming city of Aix-en-Provence has a little something for everyone. History and art lovers can take their time to explore the city’s many museums, such as Musée Granet and Fondation Vasarely. Meanwhile, architect enthusiasts can walk through the city to discover its unique architectural style, not to mention the city’s many many fountains. And, let’s not forget the foodies, who can head to La Rotonde, the city’s market that sells delicious freshly baked goodies and local produce. A visit to Aix-en-Provence would also not be complete without a stroll down Cours Mirabeau, the city’s palm-tree lined promenade, which has been voted as the region’s most beautiful street!
Distance to next stop: 2h4
6. Verdon Gorge
Discover one of the natural wonders of Provence, Gorges du Verdon, which is a natural gorge forged by the Verdon River. As one of the most beautiful river canyons in Europe, Verdon Gorge will impress you with its turquoise waters and rocky cliff surroundings. You can reach the heart of the gorge by boat or by kayaking. Or, you can go for a hike around the gorge to take in the views from above and get some exercise in the process. The area is also home to all kinds of birds, from eagles to vultures, which makes it a great place for birdwatching. So have your binoculars at the ready! While visiting the gorge, you can also check out the nearby village of Moustiers Sainte Mairie, famous for being one of the beautiful villages in France.
Distance to next stop: 2h41
This lesser-known gem along the French Riviera is the perfect destination to end this beautiful road trip. Located at the edge of Côte d’Azur, this tranquil town boasts delicious food, mesmerising views of the Riviera, and a beautiful medieval old town. Situated right by Italy, the town carries many Italian influences, which is evident in the town’s cuisine. Taste delicious seafood in elegant restaurants by the seafront, explore the winding cobbled streets and check out the impressive Jean Cocteau Museum. To top it all off, catch the sunrise by the turquoise calming waters for the perfect ending to your road-trip holiday.
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