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

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

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Nice
— 8 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
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Saint-Tropez
— 5 nights
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Castellane
— 4 nights
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Avignon
— 5 nights
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Marseille
— 6 nights
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Nice

— 8 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 Nice's surroundings by going to Flyboard06 (in Villeneuve-Loubet), Antibes (Musee Picasso & Galerie du Faune) and Cannes (Square Mistral, Lérins Islands, &more). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, indulge your senses at Azur Wine Tours, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Nice is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Athens to Nice is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Athens, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 22:

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), Seillans (Domaine Val d'Iris & La Ferme des Cairns) and San Peyre (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, kick back and relax at Abel Baliff Beach, stroll through Calanque de Maubois, and hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip itinerary planning website.

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 June, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are little chillier (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 28:

Saint-Tropez

— 5 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: La Croix-Valmer (Le Cap Lardier & L'Observatoire Marin), Plage d'Aiguebelle (in Le Lavandou) and Domaine Sainte Marie (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas). There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with Marine Air Sport, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, and make a trip to Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Castellane.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 3:

Castellane

— 4 nights
Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Get out of town with these interesting Castellane side-trips: Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon), Entrevaux (Musee de la Moto d'Entrevaux, Porte Royale, &more) and Chapelle Saint Pierre (in Aiguines). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Verdon Xp & The Funny Helmets, explore the activities along Les Gorges du Verdon, don't miss a visit to Col de la Bonette, and steep yourself in history at Fort Vauban.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Castellane trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Castellane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Castellane are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Castellane

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Avignon

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, Il Etait Une Flamme, &more), Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Eglise St-Trophime, &more) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Dedicate the 11th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, and make a trip to Les Eclaireurs Sculpteurs Africains.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip maker tool.

You can drive from Castellane to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 12:

Marseille

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marseille: Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet), Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Paul Cezanne’s Studio, &more) and Cassis (Saint Michel Church & Trolib). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 18:

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.