12 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Marseille Itinerary

12 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Marseille Itinerary

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12 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Marseille Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Nice
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Le Lavandou
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Marseille
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coco Beach, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nice road trip site .

Montreal, Canada to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Nice is 6 hours. Traveling from Montreal in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

3
nights
Saint-Raphael

Saint-Raphael ©
You'll get in some beach time at Escalet Beach and Port Grimaud Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer).

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael holiday maker site .

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Le Lavandou.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Port Grimaud Beach, Plage de l'Escalet, Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, Plage du Pecheur Pointe de l'Aiguille, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Port Grimaud Beach ©
Port Grimaud Beach

3
nights
Le Lavandou

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Step out of the city life by going to La plage and Plage de Jean Blanc. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Gigaro and Plage d'Heraclee. Go for a jaunt from Le Lavandou to Cogolin to see Sentier Botanique about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Plage d'Aiguebelle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Louis, and stroll through Plage de Cavaliere.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Le Lavandou driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Le Lavandou in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Le Lavandou are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Le Lavandou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Scuba & Snorkeling, Sentier Botanique
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Cavaliere ©
Plage de Cavaliere

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Calanques. Let the collections at Carrieres des Lumieres and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Cassis), Calanque la Galere (in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer) and Palais des Papes (in Avignon). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, see the interesting displays at Granet Museum, take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

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Traveling by car from Le Lavandou to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Marseille are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Cassis, Carrieres des Lumieres, Calanque la Galere, Palais des Papes
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Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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