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

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

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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
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Cavaillon
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 1 night
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Bandol
— 2 nights
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La Croix-Valmer
— 2 nights
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Moustiers Sainte-Marie
— 2 nights
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Breil-sur-Roya
— 1 night
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Aix-en-Provence

— 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Get in touch with nature at Montagne Sainte Victoire and Plage de la Romaniquette. Step out of Aix-en-Provence with an excursion to Plage Champigny in Berre l'Etang--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence, and take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Aix-en-Provence is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Aix-en-Provence due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, things will get slightly colder in Aix-en-Provence: highs are around 30°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cavaillon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Cavaillon

— 2 nights
Cavaillon is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 7th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue, get lost in a book at Mediatheque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Notre-Dame-des-Vigneres, then admire the sheer force of La Fontaine de Vaucluse, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at La Source de La Sorgue. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Via Ferrata de Cavaillon.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cavaillon planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Cavaillon takes an hour. In September, daytime highs in Cavaillon are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cavaillon

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 8th (Sun), take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port and then kick back and relax at Calanque de Samena.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip maker website.

You can drive from Cavaillon to Marseille in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bandol.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Bandol

— 2 nights
Bandol is a commune in Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche de Nuit, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Sentier Littoral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, kick back and relax at Plage La Capte, and then stroll through Plage noire du Langoustier.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bandol online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Bandol takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Croix-Valmer.

Things to do in Bandol

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

La Croix-Valmer

— 2 nights
La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Port Grimaud 1 Beach and then kick back and relax at Plage de l'Estagnol. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle, then stroll around Domaine du Rayol, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Croix-Valmer trip tool.

You can drive from Bandol to La Croix-Valmer in 1.5 hours. In September in La Croix-Valmer, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Moustiers Sainte-Marie.

Things to do in La Croix-Valmer

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Moustiers Sainte-Marie

— 2 nights
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, or simply Moustiers, is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France, a part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and considered one of the "most beautiful villages of France".It lies at the western entrance to the Gorges du Verdon. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon and then examine the collection at Musee de la Faience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lac de Sainte-Croix and then make a trip to Centre Ville.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Moustiers Sainte-Marie holiday planner.

Getting from La Croix-Valmer to Moustiers Sainte-Marie by car takes about 2 hours. September in Moustiers Sainte-Marie sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Breil-sur-Roya.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Breil-sur-Roya

— 1 night
Breil-sur-Roya is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.TransportationBreil-sur-Roya is one of the towns on the route of the Train des Merveilles which runs between Nice and Cuneo in Italy.TourismThe GR52, part of the French Grande Randonnée walking trail network links the town to Gorges de Saorge and Vallon de Zouayne.Breil-sur-Roya is particularly known for trout fishing. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): head outdoors with Aet Nature and then get a new perspective on things with Nice Rafting.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Breil-sur-Roya day trip planner.

Drive from Moustiers Sainte-Marie to Breil-sur-Roya in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Moustiers Sainte-Marie in September, plan for slightly colder days in Breil-sur-Roya, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Breil-sur-Roya

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Castel Plage and Plage du Chateau. Get outdoors at Coco Beach and Nikaia Glisse. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and make a trip to Place Massena.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip site.

Traveling by car from Breil-sur-Roya to Nice takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
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.

Luberon travel guide

4.1
Hiking Trails · Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles