11 days in Marseille & Nice Itinerary

11 days in Marseille & Nice Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Marseille
1
Marseille
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Nice
— 4 nights
End: Nice

6
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Citadelle de Forcalquier. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Librairie le Bleuet and Les Halles de la Major. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon), Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Chateau de la Gardine, Distillerie A. Blachere, &more) and Triumphal Arch (in Orange). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Montmajour, savor the flavors at Chateau La Coste en Provence, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne, and contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Marseille route website.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Arles, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Librairie le Bleuet, Pont d'Avignon, La Citadelle de Sisteron
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime) ©
St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime)
Abbaye de Montmajour ©
Abbaye de Montmajour

4
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vieille Ville and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Head to Avenue Jean Medecin and Lavallie Bijoux et Joailleriefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Abbaye du Thoronet (in Le Thoronet), Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Chateau de Berne (in Flayosc). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Place Rossetti, ponder the design of Fontaine du Soleil, make a trip to Place Massena, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie, Abbaye du Thoronet, Ville medieval, Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Abbaye du Thoronet ©
Abbaye du Thoronet
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup

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