9 days in South of France Itinerary

9 days in South of France Itinerary

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9 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Tirana
Fly:  7​h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tirana

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, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and contemplate the long history of Palais Lascaris.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nice online trip builder .

Tirana, Albania to Nice is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Tirana in May, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Marineland
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

2
nights
Cannes

Cannes ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands and then take a stroll through Le Suquet. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum Fragonard and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cannes trip planning website .

You can take a train from Nice to Cannes in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Cannes, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Musee du Parfum Fragonard, Massif de l'Esterel
Highlights from your plan
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cannes to Marseille in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Avignon, Carrieres des Lumieres, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, Distillerie A. Blachere, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres

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