11 days in South of France Itinerary

11 days in South of France Itinerary

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11 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Memphis
Fly:  18​h
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Avignon
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Memphis

2
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 historic sites, museums, parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice online trip planner .

Memphis, USA to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Memphis to Nice, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Memphis in May, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

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

1
night
Avignon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then do a tasting at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Avignon online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Nice to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Distillerie A. Blachere
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marseille trip maker tool .

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Laser game Evolution, Carrieres des Lumieres, Route des Cretes, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Calanques ©
Calanques

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and then look for gifts at Catalan Bougie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Le Cap Lardier and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Guerrevieille.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael road trip planning site .

Getting from Marseille to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Massif du Tanneron, Plage de Guerrevieille, Le Cap Lardier, Notre Dame d‘Afrique
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Le Cap Lardier ©
Le Cap Lardier
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Massif du Tanneron ©
Massif du Tanneron

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