13 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

13 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
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Marseille

— 1 night

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 4th (Sun), take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally don't miss a visit to Moulin Le Pain Blanc. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Cimetiere de la Treille, then explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Marseille tour planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Marseille is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Marseille. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, Marseille is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avignon

— 2 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): make a trip to Palais des Papes, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Avignon are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas

— 2 nights
Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. On the 8th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de L'Argentiere, then take a tour by water with Dune La Londe, and then head outdoors with Plage du Pellegrin. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Savonnerie de Bormes, hike along Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, do a tasting at Domaine Sainte Marie, then kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, and finally kick back and relax at Plage de la Faviere.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bormes-Les-Mimosas trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Avignon to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Avignon in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Bormes-Les-Mimosas: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Bormes-Les-Mimosas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 2 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 10th (Sat), see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), then see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, and then try your luck at Casino Barriere de Saint-Raphael. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Casinos

Side Trip

Nice

— 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: visit Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Armenienne Sainte-Marie de Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
You'll feel the sun getting bigger and brighter the closer you get to Provence on the Mediterranean. When you glimpse your first red-tiled roof, you'll know you've entered the south, filled with vineyards, cypresses, and the crisp, inviting scent of lavender and rosemary. Since before the Roman Empire, Provence has been a vibrant community, partially due to its intensely bright sunlight--bathing the people in its radiance, as well as soaking sunflowers, olive groves, vineyards, and purple lavender fields with its warm rays. Breezy, star-filled nights set the mood for a romantic vacation highlighted by a moonlit stroll, a dramatic performance at the theater, or dynamic nightlife decked out in the height of fashion at the trendiest nightclubs.

Since Provence is a historical province, some people include the French Riviera as part of the region, because it shares the cultural and linguistic identity unique to Provence, while others view the area north of Cannes as separate from the region.

Joining the Mediterranean Sea, and flanked by the Rhône River and the Alps, this region captivated master artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cézanne. If included on an itinerary, it will do the same for you, with its tranquil gardens, mysterious caves, rustic vistas, Roman ruins, and enchanting old harbors. You can enjoy the finer things in life here, like searching for that special something at the area boutiques, visiting the workshop of a local artisan for authentic regional arts and crafts, and learning historical tidbits from a resident's perspective by antiquing in the country's best stores. Like its native Provençal inhabitants, you too can enjoy world-class people watching. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of a major celeb or two followed by the relentless paparazzi, all while sitting at an outdoor café overlooking any one of the magnificent Mediterranean marinas, one of the most quintessential things to do in the region.