11 days in Marseille & Nice Itinerary

11 days in Marseille & Nice Itinerary

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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 Eglise St-Trophime. 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). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, see the interesting displays at Centre de la Vieille Charite, and don't miss a visit to Abbaye de Montmajour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille attractions planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. June in Marseille sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Arles, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Pont d'Avignon, La Citadelle de Sisteron, Triumphal Arch
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Eglise St-Trophime ©
Eglise 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 Place Rossetti. Head to Avenue Jean Medecin and Lavallie Bijoux et Joailleriefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Ville medieval (in Vence), Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup) and Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, stroll the grounds of Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip tool.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Marseille in June, plan for little chillier days in Nice, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 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, Ville medieval, Abbaye du Thoronet, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Saint-Paul de Vence
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Abbaye du Thoronet ©
Abbaye du Thoronet
Tourrettes-sur-Loup ©
Tourrettes-sur-Loup

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