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

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

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Fly to Lyon, Train to Avignon
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Avignon
— 1 day
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 4 nights
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Avignon

— 1 day

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 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Roman Theatre of Orange, steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon, then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, and finally contemplate the long history of Place Crillon.

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Strasbourg to Avignon is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Strasbourg in July, expect nights in Avignon to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marseille

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Trolib (in Cassis). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, walk around Le Palais de Justice, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

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Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 4 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Kids will appreciate attractions like Atlantide and Sentier sous marin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hyeres: Le Lavandou (Eglise Saint-Louis, Plage de Jean Blanc, &more), Plage de la Faviere (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage noire du Langoustier, head outdoors with Plage du Pellegrin, explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube, and contemplate the long history of Archaeological Site of Olbia - Town of Hyères.

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Getting from Marseille to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Hyeres are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Bring the kids along to TakSea and Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Ramatuelle (Cap Taillat & Tahiti Plage). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, make a splash at Aqualand Frejus, and explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon.

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Traveling by car from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Nice

— 4 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Marineland and Castel Plage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet) and Juan-les-Pins (Easy Dive & Jardins de la Pinède). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and look for gifts at VinAzur - Vins de provence.

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You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.