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

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

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Nice
— 16 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 7 nights
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Castellane
— 5 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
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Marseille
— 7 nights
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Nice

— 16 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite, La Croisette, &more), Eglise de Biot (in Biot) and St-Paul-de-Vence (La Petite Cave de Saint Paul & Le Petit Vigneau Winery). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and savor the flavors at Azur Wine Tours.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary tool.

Athens, Greece to Nice is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Nice due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Athens in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Nice, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 6 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: Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Mandelieu-la-Napoule (San Peyre & Spa@Mimozas). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, kick back and relax at Agay Beach, test your team's savvy at Active Escape, and fly like a bird with Parachute Saint Raphael.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip builder.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nice, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez

— 7 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. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Tropez side-trips: Hyeres (Eglise Saint Louis, Archaeological Site of Olbia - Town of Hyères, &more), Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de l'Estagnol & La Certosa di La Verne) and La Londe Les Maures (Plage du Pellegrin & Domaine du Jasson). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Marine Air Sport, enjoy the sand and surf at La Ponche Beach, learn about winemaking at Domaine des Beaucas, and get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez day trip site.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in July, you will find days in Saint-Tropez are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Castellane.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Castellane

— 5 nights
Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Castellane: Aups (La Tuilliere & Musee de Faykod), Col du Bel-Homme (in Bargemon) and Chapelle Saint Pierre (in Aiguines). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Musee de la Moto d'Entrevaux, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Presbytère, and take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Castellane trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Castellane takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In July in Castellane, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Avignon

— 6 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Roussillon (Il Etait Une Flamme, Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, &more), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Eglise St-Trophime, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mines de Bruoux, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and experience rural life at La Petite Ferme.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Avignon online trip maker.

You can drive from Castellane to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. July in Avignon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille

— 7 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Notre Dame du Mai (in Six-Fours-les-Plages), Bandol (Oenotheque des Vins de Bandol & Foret de Roustagnon) and Aix-en-Provence (Tastes of Provence - Tours, Cours Mirabeau, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Marseille travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.