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

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

Created using Inspirock Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur itinerary planner

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Marseille
— 10 nights
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 2 nights
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Avignon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 29 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Rio de Janeiro

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Marseille

— 10 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.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Musee Granet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Fondation Vasarely. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles), Chateau Vignelaure (in Rians) and Aix-en-Provence (Spas, Chapelle des Bourras ou Penitents Gris, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Chantiers Naval.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marseille online trip itinerary planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Marseille is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Marseille due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

— 2 nights
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, pause for some serene contemplation at Presbytère des Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, see the interesting displays at Musee Baroncelli, then enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Le Gitan, visit a coastal fixture at Phare de la Gacholle, then explore by horseback at L'Ecurie de l'Auberge Cavaliere du Pont des Bannes, and finally take in the waterfront at Port Gardian Capitainerie.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. January in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Visit Palais des Papes and Roman Theatre of Orange for their historical value. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Arles (Cryptoportiques, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more), Musee Frederic Mistral (in Maillane) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Cathedrale Des Images). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, see the interesting displays at Musee du Patrimoine d'Eyragues, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, and do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip website.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hyeres.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Hyeres

— 6 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Chateau de la Clapiere and La Maison du Cygne will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Notre Dame du Mai and Vieille Ville. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Six-Fours-les-Plages (Aquarium de l'Institut oceanographique Paul Ricard, Chapelle Notre Dame de Pepiole, &more), Paroisse de Ramatuelle (in Ramatuelle) and Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, explore the world behind art at Villa Carmignac, take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Consolation, and take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hyeres day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in January, things will get a bit warmer in Hyeres: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Nice

— 29 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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Musee Picasso. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieille Ville and Palais Lascaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Galerie1414, Le Suquet, &more), Juan-les-Pins (Square Sidney Bechet, Eglise Notre Dame de la Pinede, &more) and Antibes (Musee PEYNET et du Dessin Humoristique, Old Town, &more). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice online vacation planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Nice, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Raphael

— 6 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Musee des Troupes de Marine and Cloitre de la Cathedrale de Frejus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron), Riviera golf de Barbossi (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Espace de l'Art Concret - Centre d'art contemporain d'interet national (in Mouans-Sartoux). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tour Carree, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Saint-Francois de Paule, indulge in some personalized pampering at Thalasso Spa Les Issambres, and learn about all things military at Memorial des Guerres en Indochine.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in February, Saint-Raphael is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.