11 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Villeneuve-les-Avignon & Paris Itinerary

11 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Villeneuve-les-Avignon & Paris Itinerary

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11 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Villeneuve-les-Avignon & Paris Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  17​h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
2
Arles
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
3
Villeneuve-les-Avignon
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Marseille
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Paris
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  16​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll through Castel Plage, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Èze, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, and finally steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Suquet, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Saint Paul de Vence Cemetery.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip itinerary builder.

New York City, USA to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Nice. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Eze, Saint-Paul de Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Le Suquet
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Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

3
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Roman Theatre of Orange and Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau des Baux de Provence and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes. Explore Arles' surroundings by going to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau & Paroisse Saintes Maries de la Mer) and Nimes (Tour Magne, La Maison Carree, & more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Trophime.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arles trip builder.

You can drive from Nice to Arles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Arles sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Villeneuve-les-Avignon.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Nimes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Chateau des Baux de Provence, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Musee Departemental Arles Antique ©
Musee Departemental Arles Antique
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)

few
hours
Villeneuve-les-Avignon

Villeneuve-les-Avignon ©
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is a commune in the Gard department in southern France. On the 27th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, and then appreciate the history behind Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Villeneuve-les-Avignon trip builder.

You can drive from Arles to Villeneuve-les-Avignon in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Villeneuve-les-Avignon can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Villeneuve-les-Avignon

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Tarascon, Roman Theatre of Orange
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Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon ©
Roman Theatre of Orange ©
Roman Theatre of Orange
Chateau de Tarascon ©
Chateau de Tarascon

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint-Victor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then see the interesting displays at Mucem.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Villeneuve-les-Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Abbaye Saint Victor ©
Abbaye Saint Victor

3
nights
Paris

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 29th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Bénédictines du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and then see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris vacation builder.

Traveling by train from Marseille to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, Paris is slightly colder than Marseille - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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