13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

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13 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  12​h
1
Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
3
Cannes
— 2 nights
4
Cannes
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Boston

2
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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Palais des Papes (in Avignon), Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape of Parc national des Calanques, look for gifts at Maison Empereur, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Marseille driving holiday planner .

Boston, USA to Marseille is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Boston to Marseille, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boston in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Palais des Papes, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence
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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

2
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Saint-Raphael

Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then stop by Catalan Bougie. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the ancient world of Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres, and then kick back and relax at Plage de Guerrevieille.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Raphael takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres, Plage de Guerrevieille, Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Catalan Bougie ©
Catalan Bougie

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.
On the 15th (Fri), wander the streets of Le Suquet, then make a trip to Les Murs Peints, then step off the mainland to explore Ile Sainte-Marguerite, and finally take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Musee du Parfum Fragonard, and finally don't miss a visit to Rue Meynadier.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannes sightseeing planning app .

Cannes is very close to Saint-Raphael. In May, daytime highs in Cannes are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Musee du Parfum Fragonard
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Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes
Marche Forville ©
Marche Forville
Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet

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Cannes

Cannes ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and then step off the mainland to explore Lérins Islands. On the next day, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum Fragonard, take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, and then shop like a local with La Croisette.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cannes trip itinerary app .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Musee du Parfum Fragonard
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Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

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, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Marineland, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and make a trip to Place Massena.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Nice itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Cannes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

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

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