32 days in Croatia, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur & Naxos Itinerary

32 days in Croatia, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur & Naxos Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cannes, France
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
Fly to Santorini, Ferry to Naxos Town
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Naxos Town, Greece
— 1 night
Fly
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sibenik, Croatia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Karlovac, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Nice, France

— 5 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.
Attractions like Marineland and Castel Plage make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Nice to Villeneuve-Loubet to see Le Village des Fous about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nice driving holiday planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Nice is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Nice: highs are around 32°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Cannes, France

— 5 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Massif de l'Esterel and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Grasse (Le Musee du Parfum & Musee Fragonard). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through La Croisette, visit Le Suquet, step off the mainland to explore Île Sainte-Marguerite, and make a trip to Les Murs Peints.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cannes trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Cannes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in July since evenings lows in Cannes dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, France

— 2 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head outdoors with Cap Taillat, kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, then examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Tropez Harbor. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Escalet, find something for the whole family at Azur Park, and then kick back and relax at La Ponche Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez tour builder website.

Drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Cannes in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Tropez: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Marseille, France

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palais des Papes and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Aqualand Cyr Sur Mer (in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer), Pont d'Avignon (in Avignon) and Le Bois des Lutins (in Peypin). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, get in on the family fun at OK Corral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, and head off the coast to Chateau d'If.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Marseille using our trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Marseille are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Naxos Town.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Naxos Town, Greece

— 1 night
Naxos Town tops the itinerary of most visitors exploring the Aegean islands, drawing their attention with taverns, shops, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a stroll through Kastro, and then steep yourself in history at Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Fish & Olive, then enjoy the sand and surf at Agios Prokopios Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Aeolis Aghios Georgios Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Naxos Town online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Marseille to Naxos Town in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Marseille to Naxos Town due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Naxos Town are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Naxos Town

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Family-friendly places like Old Town and War Photo Limited will thrill your kids. When in Dubrovnik, make a side trip to see Sunj Beach in Lopud, approximately Lopud away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Lokrum Island, kick back and relax at Sveti Jakov Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Blaise.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Naxos Town to Dubrovnik takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Naxos Town to Dubrovnik due to the time zone difference. In July in Dubrovnik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sibenik.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Adventure

Side Trip

Sibenik, Croatia

— 5 nights
Sibenik, the oldest Croatian city on the coast, sits as a naturally protected harbor.
Family-friendly places like Krka National Park and Aquapark Dalmatia will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Sibenik side-trips: Beach Slanica (in Murter) and Trogir (Speed Boats Tours & Historic City of Trogir). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Sokolarski Raptor Centre, contemplate the long history of Barone Fortress, take in the exciting artwork at Galerija Juraj Dalmatinac, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium Terrarium Sibenik.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sibenik trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Sibenik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Sibenik sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Karlovac.

Things to do in Sibenik

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Karlovac, Croatia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquatika Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac, identify plant and animal life at Rastoke, and then step into the grandiose world of Samobor Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Karlovac trip planner.

You can drive from Sibenik to Karlovac in 3 hours. Traveling from Sibenik in July, expect Karlovac to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Karlovac

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
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.

Naxos travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea. Renowned for its unspoiled beaches and advantageous winds, the island offers excellent conditions for windsurfing and other watersports. Most of the island's western coastline boasts one sandy beach splashed by blue waters rich in marine life--a big draw for amateur scuba divers. The mountainous interior provides a look at the quieter side of the island, featuring a patchwork of lush valleys, quaint villages, and ancient sites. For a change of pace and a bit of modern dining and shopping, visit Hora, the island's biggest city.

Croatia travel guide

4.4
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Karlovac County travel guide

3.8
Wildlife Areas · Military Museums · Castles
Karlovac County is a county in central Croatia, with the administrative center in Karlovac.The city of Karlovac is another fort from the times of the Military Frontier. It was built as a six-side star fort in the 16th century at the point of confluence of four rivers. The town blossomed in the 18th and the 19th century after being made a free town, with the development of roads between Pannonian plains to the seaside, and waterways along the Kupa river. The city is making use of its crucial geostrategic point in Croatia.The county itself extends towards the north to the water springs of Jamnica, and towards the south all the way down to the mountainous regions of Gorski kotar and Lika, in particular to the Bjelolasica mountain which features the largest winter sport recreation center in the country.

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