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

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Cotignac
— 1 night
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La Palud sur Verdon
— 2 nights
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Forcalquier
— 3 nights
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Sanary-sur-Mer
— 4 nights
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Ramatuelle
— 2 nights
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Annot
— 1 night
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Seyne les Alpes
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Cotignac — 1 night

Cotignac is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 22nd (Thu), learn about winemaking at Chateau Carpe Diem, then see the interesting displays at Musee de Cotignac Autrefois et Aujourd'hui, then take in the awesome beauty at Montagne Sainte Victoire, and finally don't miss a visit to Monastery of St. Joseph Font Bessillon. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye du Thoronet and then look for gifts at Boutique Marguerite.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cotignac tour builder site.

Nice to Cotignac is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in December since evenings lows in Cotignac dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Palud sur Verdon.
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La Palud sur Verdon — 2 nights

On the 23rd (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Ferme des Fabrigoules. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Centre Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, then cruise along Route des Cretes La Palud, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Les Gorges du Verdon.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our La Palud sur Verdon attractions app.

You can drive from Cotignac to La Palud sur Verdon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in La Palud sur Verdon can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Forcalquier.
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Forcalquier — 3 nights

Forcalquier is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France.Forcalquier is located between the Lure and Luberon mountain ranges, about 30km south of Sisteron and 10km west of the Durance river. Get out of town with these interesting Forcalquier side-trips: Greoux les Bains (Spas & Parc Morelon) and Tour du Mont d'Or (in Manosque). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Citadelle de Forcalquier, take in the dramatic natural features at Les Mourres, get some fabulous bargains at Francois Doucet Confiseur, and see the interesting displays at Artemisia Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Forcalquier trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from La Palud sur Verdon to Forcalquier in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Forcalquier can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sanary-sur-Mer.
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Sanary-sur-Mer — 4 nights

Sanary-sur-Mer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It is located in coastal Provence on the Mediterranean Sea 13km from Toulon and 49km from Marseille. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sanary-sur-Mer: Parc du Mugel (in La Ciotat), Confiserie Fouque (in Signes) and Room Escape Games (in La Farlede). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Zoa Parc Animalier et Botanique, indulge in some personalized pampering at Fidelius Spa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Croix radieuse Du Point Sublime du Faron.

Plan a Sanary-sur-Mer trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Forcalquier to Sanary-sur-Mer takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Sanary-sur-Mer sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Ramatuelle.
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Ramatuelle — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse de Ramatuelle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de l'Escalet, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau de Chausse. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at Thalasso Spa Les Issambres, get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then stop by Rondini, and finally stroll through St. Tropez Harbor.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ramatuelle trip planner.

Getting from Sanary-sur-Mer to Ramatuelle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Annot.
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Annot — 1 night

Annot is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Annotains or AnnotainesThe commune has been awarded one flower by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.GeographyAnnot is located some 80 km north-west of Nice, 15 km east of Saint-Andre-les-Alpes, and 13 km west of Puget-Theniers. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Assomption d`Entrevaux, steep yourself in history at La Citadelle d'Entrevaux, then stop by La Pain D'Epicerie, then don't miss a visit to Porte Royale, and finally contemplate the long history of Moulin a farine d'Entrevaux.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Annot trip planner.

You can drive from Ramatuelle to Annot in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Seyne les Alpes.
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Seyne les Alpes — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Station du Grand Puy Seyne les Alpes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Station de St Jean Montclar and then fly down the slopes at Station de Ski Reallon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seyne les Alpes visit planner.

Getting from Annot to Seyne les Alpes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Annot in January, expect Seyne les Alpes to be slightly colder, temps between 11°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.
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