25 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Nantes & Rennes Itinerary

25 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Nantes & Rennes Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Saint-Tropez
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Orange
— 2 nights
Train:  15 min
6
Avignon
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Nantes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Rennes
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Seattle

3
nights
Nice

Nice ©
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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and have some family-friendly fun at SENSAS Nice.

To see photos and more tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary builder tool.

Seattle, USA to Nice is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Seillans (Domaine Val d'Iris & La Ferme des Cairns) and Cueillette du Rocher (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Morts, look for gifts at Catalan Bougie, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online vacation planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in April, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Wineries Trails

Side Trips

Frejus, Seillans, Notre Dame d‘Afrique, Cueillette du Rocher
Highlights from your plan
Total Xscape ©
Total Xscape
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Musee des Troupes de Marine ©
Musee des Troupes de Marine

3
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Tropez side-trips: Domaine du Rayol (in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer), Hyeres (Parc St Bernard, Eglise Saint Louis, &more) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas, Eglise Saint-Trophyme, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Chapelle Sainte-Anne, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Michel, learn and have fun at Kelys, and get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saint-Tropez trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Hyeres, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Grimaud, Domaine du Rayol, Kelys
Highlights from your plan
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas ©
Randonnee Bormes-les-Mimosas
Chapelle Sainte-Anne ©
Chapelle Sainte-Anne
Domaine du Rayol ©
Domaine du Rayol

3
nights
Marseille

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Mystery Games, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution, and explore the striking landscape at Calanques.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip builder site.

Drive from Saint-Tropez to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Orange.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Calanques, Laser game Evolution
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Orange

Orange ©
Orange is a commune in the Vaucluse Department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France, about 21km north of Avignon. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine, then get outside with Lafare A Cheval, and then do a tasting at Arnoux et Fils Vignerons. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, do a tasting at Chateau Fortia, learn about winemaking at Domaine Albin Jacumin, then learn about winemaking at Domain du Banneret, and finally do a tasting at Cave Ourouse.

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You can drive from Marseille to Orange in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Orange

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine, Arnoux et Fils Vignerons, Lafare A Cheval
Highlights from your plan
Domain du Banneret ©
Domain du Banneret
Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine ©
Sites Archeologiques de Vaison la Romaine
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange

3
nights
Avignon

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.
Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue (in Arles), Promenade a Cheval La Marisma (in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Sixte, and admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Avignon online route planner.

Avignon is just a short distance from Orange. In April, daytime highs in Avignon are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Nantes.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Chapelle Saint-Sixte, Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, Carrieres des Lumieres
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

2
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): walk around Arboretum Cimetiere Parc, then pause for some photo ops at Statue General Cambronne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Qui Veut Pister. Here are some ideas for day two: put a fun spin on your tour with Sisters Mysteres, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nantes trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Avignon to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Avignon in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nantes: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

4
nights
Rennes

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bayeux ( Bayeux War Cemetery, Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, &more), Le Vieux Pont de Ducey (in Ducey) and Mont-Saint-Michel (Maison Jehan Michel, Mont Saint-Michel, &more). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sauveur de Rennes, and have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Rennes.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rennes trip planner.

Drive from Nantes to Rennes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rennes are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rennes

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Bayeux, Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Le Vieux Pont de Ducey
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

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