7-Day France Road Trip from Carcassonne to Marseille, Lyon, and Nimes

Photo of summer view over Vieux Lyon, with famous cathedral Fourviere, and Croix Rousse in Lyon, France.
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Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Available
Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
6 nights included
Car rental
7 days included
Flights
Optional
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Description

Have the adventure of a lifetime with this 7-day road trip through France.

This incredible self-drive vacation package will take you through the best destinations in France. With this perfectly planned travel package, you will stay 3 nights in Carcassonne, 1 night in Marseille, 1 night in Lyon, and 1 night in Nimes, experiencing the ultimate road trip in France. Your road trip will enable you to discover the country's most popular attractions and restaurants in Carcassonne, Arles, Marseille, Lyon, and Nimes.

We'll help you experience the best 7 days in France you can imagine, so you can leave happy and inspired.

Upon arriving in Carcassonne, you’ll collect the rental vehicle of your choice. From there, you’ll be off to discover some of the most popular attractions in France, including the stunning Cité de Carcassonne and Notre-Dame de la Garde (Marseille).

You’ll have your choice of the country's best hotels and places to stay throughout your road trip, suitable for all budgets. Alternatively, you could stay at a luxury accommodation like the 4-star Hotel Restaurant Le Parc Franck Putelat. Travelers looking for the best cheap accommodation could choose the 3-star L' Octroi. No matter which price range you’re looking for, our local experts will assist you in finding the best stay option for your visit.

Your road trip will bring you close to the best attractions and most incredible sights in France. From the magnificent parc de la Tête d'Or to the breathtaking Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Palais des Papes, your journey will take you on a thrilling adventure through some of the most iconic travel destinations in the country. Your discovery doesn't end there. As you hit the open road and drive through Carcassonne, Arles, Marseille, Lyon, and Nimes, you'll also have plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of France. Whether you're exploring enchanting small towns, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there's always something new and exciting to experience in France.

Add tours and tickets to each day of your trip to make the most of your time in France. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from the best tours and activities that your travel destinations have to offer, meaning you’ll never have a boring moment on your road trip through France.

Your travel plan itinerary also gives you multiple opportunities to look for souvenirs to memorialize your road trip in France.

You’ll return home having experienced the very best of everything France has to offer.

You can customize each day of your road trip vacation itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking. Enjoy the benefits of exploring all these great attractions at your own speed.

Your travel plan includes everything you need to experience the best of France. You’ll be booked at the best hotels for 6 nights, with plenty of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll provide you with the best car rental for 6 days during your self-drive road trip, including CDW insurance.

You’ll have access to 24/7 travel support, a personal travel agent, and a step-by-step guide via our flexible mobile app. All taxes are included in your vacation package price. You can choose and add your flight preferences as needed. Make your vacation in France extra special by adding tours and tickets to each day of your itinerary.

The best services in France fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your self-drive road trip in France today!

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Included

Hotel, 6 nights
Rental car, 7 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Carcassonne - city in FranceCarcassonne / 3 nights
The City of Lyon in the daytime.Lyon / 1 night
Photo of Nimes Arena aerial panoramic view. Nimes is a city in the Occitanie region of southern France.Nîmes / 1 night
Saint Jean Castle and Cathedral de la Major and the Vieux port in Marseille, France.Marseille / 1 night
Avignon - city in FranceAvignon
Arles - city in FranceArles

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Attractions

Photo of scenic view of Carcassone medieval city in France against summer sky.Cité de Carcassonne
Photo of the greenhouse of the Parc de la Tete d'Or, Lyon, France.Parc de la Tête d'Or
Parc de la Tête d'Or, Lyon 6e Arrondissement, Lyon, Métropole de Lyon, Departemental constituency of Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Metropolitan France, FranceParc de la Tête d'Or
Photo of Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde in Marseille, a port city in southern France.Notre-Dame de la Garde (Marseille)
Palais des PapesPalais des Papes
Pont du GardPont du Gard
Aerial view of The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière and Lyon city.The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a minor basilica in Lyon.Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
Parc national des Calanques, Les Baumettes, 9th Arrondissement, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Metropolitan France, FranceCalanques National Park
Place BellecourPlace Bellecour
Jardin de La Fontaine, Nimes, Nîmes, Gard, Occitania, Metropolitan France, FranceJardin de La Fontaine
Pont d'Avignon, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Metropolitan France, FrancePont d'Avignon
photo of the Roman Arles Amphitheatre in the Old Town of Arles in France.Arles Amphitheatre
Parc BorélyParc Borély
Haribo Candy Museum, Uzès, Nîmes, Gard, Occitania, Metropolitan France, FranceHaribo Candy Museum
Château Comtal, Carcassonne, Aude, Occitania, Metropolitan France, FranceChâteau Comtal
Proche cité
Church of Saints Nazaire and Celse
Château et Remparts de la Cité de Carcassonne
Portail des JacobinsPortail des Jacobins

Travel details

Travel dates
Jan 1 - Jan 7

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small car
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Hotels

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Day 1 – Carcassonne - arrival day

Day 1

Day 1 – Carcassonne - arrival day

  • Carcassonne - Arrival day
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  • Portail des Jacobins
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Your road trip adventure in France begins as soon as you reach the incredible city of Carcassonne. You’ll stay in Carcassonne for 3 nights, experiencing all the best things to do and see in the city.

Carcassonne has many popular destinations you can explore. You could visit attractions like the incredible Portail des Jacobins. This attraction is a gate and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 296 visitors.

When you're done sightseeing for the day, you'll check in at one of the best hotels or places to stay in the city.

One of the best luxury places you could choose in Carcassonne is Hotel Restaurant Le Parc Franck Putelat. This 4-star hotel is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 328 guests.

Alternatively, one of the best cheap hotel options in Carcassonne is L' Octroi. This 3-star hotel is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 535 guests.

If these hotels are unavailable during your vacation in Carcassonne, our system will automatically help you find the best alternative for your stay.

Carcassonne also has several great bars that will fit all travel budgets.

Enjoy toasting the start of your 7-day vacation in France!

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Experiences

Day 2 – Carcassonne

Day 2

Day 2 – Carcassonne

  • Carcassonne
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Drive 6 km, 24 min

  • Cité de Carcassonne
  • Church of Saints Nazaire and Celse
  • Château et Remparts de la Cité de Carcassonne
  • Proche cité
  • Château Comtal
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On day 2 of your road trip, you’ll start and end your day in Carcassonne, but spend part of the day exploring places of interest outside the immediate city. You still have 2 nights left in Carcassonne.

Today you'll explore the city of Carcassonne. One of the best travel destinations you can make time for at the start of this day is Cité de Carcassonne. This incredible attraction is a fortress and has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 76,968 visitors.

Basilique Saint Nazaire is another popular attraction you'll visit in the city of Carcassonne. This spectacular attraction is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,146 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations you can visit in the city of Carcassonne is Château et Remparts de la Cité de Carcassonne. This amazing attraction is a must-see tourist destination and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,201 visitors.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit the outstanding proche cité. This top-tier point of interest and place of interest is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 7,102 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to the fantastic Château Comtal. This castle is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 8,823 visitors.

To do something one-of-a-kind today, you can join a popular tour. Check out all the fun and eye-opening experiences you can try out in France to make your travel experience in the country more memorable.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to your accommodation in the city of Carcassonne.

Raise your glass and relax after another big day of your road trip adventure through France!

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Day 3 – Arles and Marseille

Day 3

Day 3 – Arles and Marseille

  • Marseille
  • Arles
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Drive 333 km, 4 hours 21 min

  • Arles Amphitheatre
  • Notre-Dame de la Garde (Marseille)
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Day 3 of your road trip through France is your chance to discover two places in one day, the city of Carcassonne and the city of Marseille. Get ready to experience some of the most famous attractions in the area!

One of the best places to visit in the city of Carcassonne is the amazing Arles Amphitheatre. This attraction is a roman amphitheatre and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 13,060 visitors.

Joining a top-rated tour in Carcassonne is another excellent way to spend your new day in France. The best tours in this travel destination will take you on an exploration to some of France’s most well-known attractions and best-kept secrets.

With this tour, you’ll set out on a journey to France’s most interesting sights. As you go along this remarkable tour, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of France’s scenic spots.

You could then travel to the amazing Notre-Dame de la Garde (Marseille) in the city of Marseille for some sightseeing. This popular attraction is a church building and has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 36,436 visitors.

You’ll also have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Marseille.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Marseille is the 4-star hotel Mercure Marseille Centre Prado Hotel Velodrome. This hotel has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 1,486 guests.

You can also stay at one of the best 5-star hotel. The hotel Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port Hotel is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Marseille. This hotel is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 1,296 guests.

If you’re looking for the best cheap apartment, we recommend staying at the 3-star apartment Apart'hotel Citadines Castellane Marseille. This 3-star apartment has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 1,912 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Twist Avenue, one of the best restaurants in the city of Marseille. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 618 customers.

Locals also recommend AM par Alexandre Mazzia as one of the best restaurants in the city of Marseille. AM par Alexandre Mazzia is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 614 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Marseille is O'Malley. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,796 customers.

After dinner, visit Carry Nation, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Marseille. This bar is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 834 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like La Caravelle. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,587 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through France!

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Day 4 – Marseille, Vaucluse, and Lyon

Day 4

Day 4 – Marseille, Vaucluse, and Lyon

  • Marseille
  • Avignon
  • Lyon
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Drive 367 km, 4 hours 42 min

  • Parc Borély
  • Calanques National Park
  • Pont d'Avignon
  • Palais des Papes
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You’ll stay in Lyon for 1 night.

One of the best places to explore in the city of Carcassonne today is Parc Borély. This excellent attraction is a park that has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 11,618 visitors.

We also recommend you visit the amazing Calanques National Park, an outstanding park, in the city of Carcassonne. Around 19,632 travelers rated this attraction with 4.7 out of 5 stars.

To experience the local culture, see more of France, and meet new people at the same time, we highly recommend you go on a tour. You’ll find many top-rated and popular tours in the city, offering unique experiences that will inspire you. On this tour, you can go on an epic adventure to some of the best places to visit in France. You also get to admire popular places of interest.

You could then travel to Palais des Papes for some unforgettable sightseeing experience. This popular attraction is a palace and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 36,931 visitors. Approximately 616,210 people visit Vaucluse every year to see the fantastic Palais des Papes.

You’ll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Lyon.

One of the best apartment options in the city of Lyon is the 4-star apartment Le Sixième Ciel. This apartment has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 34 guests.

After a long day of traveling and sightseeing, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Lyon, L Bar food & drink. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 2,758 customers.

Locals recommend Bouchon Tupin as one of the best restaurants in the city of Lyon. Bouchon Tupin is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 969 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Lyon is L'Institut Restaurant. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 853 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the top bars in the city of Lyon, The Phantom of the Opera. This popular bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 514 customers.

You could also relax with a drink at a popular bar like Black Forest Society. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 500 customers.

Be sure to celebrate another day of your incredible road trip adventure through France with a toast!

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Experiences

Day 5 – Nimes

Day 5

Day 5 – Nimes

  • Lyon
  • Nîmes
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Drive 282 km, 3 hours 35 min

  • Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
  • Place Bellecour
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or
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Day 5 of your road trip through France gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You will stay in Nimes for 1 night. Have a hearty breakfast and get excited for a wonderful day ahead!

One of the best places to visit today in Carcassonne is the amazing Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière. This attraction is a minor basilica that is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 25,765 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible square, Place Bellecour. With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 20,560 visitors, this attraction is one of the top sights in the area.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the Carcassonne is the outstanding parc de la Tête d'Or. This popular park and travel destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 50,621 visitors.

There are many top-rated experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in France. Browse all of your options and reserve your slot before it's too late.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Nimes, where you will access the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Nimes is the 4-star Best Western Marquis De La Baume. This hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by 2,069 guests.

If staying at a top-rated 5-star luxury hotel tonight sounds like something you would like to do, Hotel Imperator is your best choice. This hotel is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 329 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star Le Pre Galoffre by Inter-Hotel. This 3-star hotel has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 882 guests.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Restaurant Au Flan Coco Nimes, one of the best restaurants in the city of Nimes. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 993 customers.

Locals also recommend L'Instant T as one of the best restaurants in the city of Nimes. L'Instant T is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 752 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Nimes is Gard O Wine. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 323 customers.

After dinner, visit O’Flaherty’s, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Nimes. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,377 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like La bonne mousse. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 428 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through France!

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Day 6 – Nimes and Carcassonne

Day 6

Day 6 – Nimes and Carcassonne

  • Nîmes
  • Carcassonne
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Drive 290 km, 3 hours 51 min

  • Jardin de La Fontaine
  • Haribo Candy Museum
  • Pont du Gard
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As you rise to greet the dawn on day 6 of your epic road trip in France, you'll awaken to the bustling city of Carcassonne. Today, you'll hit the road once again, setting off on a journey towards the stunning city of Carcassonne. You’ll stay in Carcassonne for 1 night. But before you begin your drive, we recommend taking the time to explore some of Carcassonne’s must-see attractions and local hotspots.

If you’re curious to see more of Carcassonne, start your day with a visit to the amazing Jardin de La Fontaine. This much-appreciated park and attraction is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 15,878 visitors.

You could also stop at another of the best local travel destinations in the area, the fascinating Pont du Gard. This arch bridge and spectacular attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 29,439 visitors.

After soaking up all the sights and sounds that Carcassonne has to offer, you'll be ready to hit the open road and continue your unforgettable road trip towards the city of Carcassonne. Carcassonne offers plenty of options for top-rated hotels and other places to stay that fit all travel budgets.

We recommend you stay at the exclusive Hotel Restaurant Le Parc Franck Putelat, one of the best 4-star hotel options in Carcassonne. At this hotel, you’ll have access to many exceptional amenities that will ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay. This hotel is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 328 guests.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend you stay at L' Octroi. This 3-star hotel offers value-for-money accommodation and is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars in 535 guest reviews.

Celebrate another amazing vacation day filled with adventure in France!

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Day 7 – Carcassonne - departure day

Day 7

Day 7 – Carcassonne - departure day

  • Carcassonne - Departure day
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Day 7 of your road trip in France is your departure day. This is your chance to catch one last glimpse of Carcassonne before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. When you have time to explore the area before you make your way home, we recommend visiting some of the following attractions.

Take a stroll along the main shopping streets of Carcassonne and find some souvenirs to remind you of your road trip in France.

You’ll then say farewell to Carcassonne. We wish you a pleasant journey home, with many wonderful memories of your unforgettable vacation in France!

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