18 days in South of France Itinerary

18 days in South of France Itinerary

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Nice
— 2 nights
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Antibes
— 3 nights
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Moustiers Sainte-Marie
— 2 nights
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Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
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Marseille
— 2 nights
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Gordes
— 2 nights
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Nimes
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Nice

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Place Massena, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip itinerary maker tool.

Antwerp, Belgium to Nice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Antwerp in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 32°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.
Antibes is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cool off at Aquasplash.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Antibes road trip tool.

Getting from Nice to Antibes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In August in Antibes, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 25°C at night. You'll set off for Moustiers Sainte-Marie on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Antibes

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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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Les Grottes de Villecroze, then take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, and then cruise along Route des Cretes La Palud. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Sainte-Croix, then get great views at Chapelle Saint Pierre, then make a trip to Centre Ville, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de Beauvoir.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Moustiers Sainte-Marie trip tool.

Traveling by car from Antibes to Moustiers Sainte-Marie takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Antibes, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Moustiers Sainte-Marie, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix and then admire the landmark architecture of Le Tour de l'Horloge.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moustiers Sainte-Marie to Aix-en-Provence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 26th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, then explore the striking landscape at Calanques, and then stroll around Le Palais de Justice. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Marseille sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gordes.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gordes

— 2 nights
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 28th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Colorado Provencal, then trek along Le Sentier des Ocres, 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: make a trip to Roman Theatre of Orange.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gordes trip planning tool.

Drive from Marseille to Gordes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Gordes are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nimes.

Things to do in Gordes

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nimes

— 3 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nimes: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes), Pont du Gard (in Vers-Pont-du-Gard) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree, get outside with Escattes Aventure, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, and make a trip to Square Antonin.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nimes road trip planner.

You can drive from Gordes to Nimes in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Nimes sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Nimes

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips