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

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

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Avignon
— 1 night
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antibes
— 3 nights
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Briancon
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally examine the collection at Musee Angladon. On your second day here, hike along Le Sentier des Ocres, then get outside with Canoe Evasion, and then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon road trip planning tool.

Lyon to Avignon is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Ciotat (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Route des Cretes) and Cassis (Calanque d'En-Vau & Plage de la Grande Mer). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, head off the coast to Chateau d'If, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Marseille trip planning app.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 3 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island), Chapelle des Penitents (in Grimaud) and Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer). There's lots more to do: cool off at Aquavillage Parc, kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, stroll through Plage noire du Langoustier, and steep yourself in history at Archaeological Site of Olbia - Town of Hyères.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hyeres trip maker.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Hyeres, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Lac de Saint-Cassien (in Tanneron), Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf) and Zipline (in Sainte-Maxime). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Morts, and play a few rounds at Riviera golf de Barbossi.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary maker tool.

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. While traveling from Hyeres, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Antibes

— 3 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antibes: Nice (Vieille Ville, Colline du Chateau overlook, &more). Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's much more to do: make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, step off the mainland to explore Île Sainte-Marguerite, enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Antibes visit website.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Antibes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for little chillier days in Antibes, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Briancon.

Things to do in Antibes

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Briancon

— 3 nights
Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Briancon: Col de la Bonette (in Jausiers), Cascade de la Pisse (in Reallon) and L’Accrobranche Serre-Poncon Aventure (in Chorges). Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Waterworld, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get outside with Serre Chevalier Sensation, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Col d'Izoard.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Briancon itinerary site.

Drive from Antibes to Briancon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Briancon

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

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.