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

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

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

Start: Budapest
Drive:  14​h
1
Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cannes
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 30​min
End: Budapest

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and Calanque de Port-Miou. Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Chateau d'If. Go for a jaunt from Marseille to La Ciotat to see La Calanque de Figuerolles about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Palais du Pharo, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, kick back and relax at Calanque de Samena, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip maker website .

Budapest, Hungary to Marseille is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Budapest in June since evenings lows in Marseille dip to 20°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cassis, La Calanque de Figuerolles, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
La Calanque de Figuerolles ©
La Calanque de Figuerolles

2
nights
Avignon

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the galleries of Palais du Roure and then hunt for treasures at Avignon Les Halles. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms, then steep yourself in history at Place Crillon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Agricol, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Avignon visit planner.

Traveling by train from Marseille to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Musee du Petit Palais ©
Musee du Petit Palais
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

2
nights
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer ©
Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore by horseback at L'Ecurie de l'Auberge Cavaliere du Pont des Bannes, head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at The Camargue.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planner .

You can drive from Avignon to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

The Camargue
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
The Camargue ©
The Camargue

3
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.
Visit Le Suquet and Eglise de Biot for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at La Croisette and Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance. Take a break from Cannes with a short trip to Marineland in Antibes, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, make a trip to Le Monastere Fortifie, and take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Castre.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Cannes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Cannes, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Eglise de Biot, Marineland
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Le Suquet ©
Le Suquet
La Croisette ©
La Croisette

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