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

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

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Avignon
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Palud sur Verdon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Avignon

— 1 night

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 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then don't miss a visit to Roman Theatre of Orange, and finally explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon trip site.

Bucharest, Romania to Avignon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Marseille

— 2 nights

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 11th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Var Lamas, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Coudouliere, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Trolib, then see majestic marine mammals with Atlantide, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Palud sur Verdon.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

La Palud sur Verdon

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On your second day here, get outside with Verdon-e-Bike, then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, and then take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes La Palud.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Palud sur Verdon trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Marseille to La Palud sur Verdon takes 2.5 hours. In July in La Palud sur Verdon, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in La Palud sur Verdon

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Cap Taillat (in Ramatuelle) and La Londe Les Maures (Plage du Pellegrin & Plage de L'Argentiere). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with TakSea, get engrossed in the history at Memorial des Guerres en Indochine, trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, and make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online vacation builder.

Getting from La Palud sur Verdon to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from La Palud sur Verdon in July, plan for little chillier days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 3 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: Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins), Wine Shop Flacons Divins (in Antibes) and La Croisette (in Cannes). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nice vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Nice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
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.