33 days in Nice, Marseille & Lyon Itinerary

33 days in Nice, Marseille & Lyon Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel planner

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Nice
— 12 nights
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Marseille
— 11 nights
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Nice

— 12 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.
Let the collections at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Lérins Islands and Paloma Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Galerie des Bains-Douches (in Antibes), Le Lavandou (Grande Plage du Lavandou & Plage de Cavaliere) and Choisy La Galerie (in St-Paul-de-Vence). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade du Soleil, get a taste of the local shopping with La Croisette, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip planner.

Lyon to Nice is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lyon in March, Nice is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Marseille

— 11 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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Paul Cezanne’s Studio. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Renecros and St. Croix Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Le Tour de l'Horloge, &more), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Hyeres (Sentier sous marin, Parc Sainte-Claire, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille day trip app.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Lyon

— 9 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee des Confluences. Step out of the city life by going to Reserve Naturelle du Marais de Lavours and Plage de Conjux. Venture out of the city with trips to Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives), Musee des Mineraux Mineralogica (in Villemoirieu) and Col du Beal (in Saint-Pierre-la-Bourlhonne). Spend the 25th (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Parc Naturel Regional des Volcans d'Auvergne. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Lyon, and explore the galleries of Fresque des Lyonnais.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lyon online road trip planner.

Getting from Marseille to Lyon by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Lyon are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips