We are looking for recommendations and potential changes to our itinerary through southern France. We will begin our southern France drive by driving our Toyota 4Runner from Milan, Italy to Annecy. We will have begun this phase of our drive around the world in Budapest, Hungary on 22 August. From Hungary to Bosnia to Montenegro to Croatia to Slovenia to Austria to Germany to Austria to Italy to France and then on to Andorra and Spain.
14 & 15 Oct – explore Milan, see Last Supper/Church of Santa delle Grazle (UNESCO) , Il Duomo, La Scala Opera House, Capriate di S. Gervasio-Crespi d’Adda (UNESCO)
16 Oct – by way of Yvoire and Courmayeur and Mont Blancdrive to Annecy, France: walk old city
17 Oct – take boat to Menthon-St. Bernard, hike 2.5 hrs to Talloires, catch boat back to Annecy
18 Oct – by way of Col de la Forclaz (12 miles) for view, drive to Chamonix & ride cable car up to Aiguille du Midi
19 Oct – gondola lifts to Le Brevent & La Flegere & 2.5 hr hike
20 Oct – by way of Megeve, Chambery/Parc National de la Vapoise/Parc National des Ecrins & spend the night in Briancom
21 Oct – drive to Villefranche-sur-Mer by way of Sisteron & Digne (La Route Napoleon)
23 Oct – rest day in Villefranche-sur-Mer: Chapel of St. Pierre
24 Oct -- day trip to Nice: Matisse Museum, Chagall Museum, Russian Cathedral & walk the Promenade des Anglais and MAMAC/Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain
25 Oct – day trip to Monaco by way of the Middle Corniche & return on the High Corniche – stop at La Trophee des Alpes monument, Jardin Exotique, Eze and R. Steves’ walking tour
26 Oct – by way of St Paul de Vence and La Fondation Maeght (modern art) drive to Antibes: Picasso Museum and R. Steves’ walk
27 Oct – day trip to Massif des Maures
28 Oct – by way of Verdon Gorge and Aix-en-Provence/Musee Granet (Cezanne) drive to Arles: Musee de l’Arles et de la Provence Antiques & Roman Amphitheater Arena (UNESCO) & St. Trophime Church, Cloisters, and Republic Square
29 Oct – day trip to The Camargue/Domaine de la Palissade (2 mile nature trail) for birding, etc.
30 Oct – by way of Roussillon for hike, drive to Avignon (UNESCO) & city walk by R. Steves and The Pope’s Palace
31 Oct -- Day trip from Avignon to Chauvet Caves (UNESCO) & return by way of Orange (UNESCO)
01 Nov – Cotes du Rhone Scenic Loop: Avignon to Beaumes de Venise to Lafare to Suzette to Dentelles de Montmirail to Malavcene to Sablet to Gigondas to Vacqueyras to Pont du Gard (UNESCO) to Nimes: amphitheatre dating from 100 BC
02 Nov – drive to Montpellier: Musee Fabre
03 Nov – drive by way of Parc National des Cevennes & Gorges du Tarn to Albi
04 Nov – Albi (UNESCO): St Cecile Cathedral & Toulouse-Lautrec Museum
05 Nov – Albi: rest day
06 Nov – by way of Canal du Midi (UNESCO) drive to Carcassonne
07 Nov – drive to Carcassonne: La Cite fortress (UNESCO) & The Walls of Carcassonne
08 Nov – by way of Chateau de Peyrepertuse & Cathar Castles & Pica d’Estats drive to Andorra
09 Nov – explore Andorra: drive Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley (UNESCO)
10 Nov – by way of Esterri d’Aneu drive to Espot & hike National Park d’Aigiiestortes I Estany de Sant Mauriei
11 Nov – drive to Vic: Museu Espicopal, Catedral de Saint Pere, & Placa Major (square)
12 Nov – by way of Cardona and Cadaques and Figueres/Catalonia, Spain drive to Barcelona
We are 2 Americans age 67/70 who enjoy the outdoors and are birders, we enjoy art museums & culture in general, botanical gardens and travel is our hobby. Typically stay in Airbnb or apartments with kitchens and for one night stays mid-range hotels. Shipped our 4Runner to Sydney in early May 2016, flew to Tokyo on 28 May, returned to U.S. for 3 months in Nov. 2017 (17 months on the road) and again in June 2018.
Always looking for good food and beds. Look forward to your comments and potential changes to our itinerary.