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

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

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 2 nights
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Arles
— 3 nights
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Vaison-la-Romaine
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Nice

— 3 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.
You'll explore and learn at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Massena Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like La cité médiévale and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Antibes (Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe) & Musee Picasso) and Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, Le Suquet, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nice route website.

Milan, Italy to Nice is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Hyeres

— 2 nights
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye du Thoronet, then steep yourself in history at Chartreuse de la Verne, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Plage Notre Dame, identify plant and animal life at Dune La Londe, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rade de Toulon.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hyeres day trip tool.

You can drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hyeres when traveling from Nice in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Salin d'Aigues-Mortes and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Popular historic sites such as Site Archeologique de Glanum and Tour Magne are in your itinerary. Explore Arles' surroundings by going to Haribo Museum (in Uzes), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Collias) and Nimes (Carre d'Art/Musee d'Art Contemporain & Musee de la Romanite). The adventure continues: make a trip to Abbaye de Montmajour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, steep yourself in history at Chapelle des Capucins, and take some stellar pictures from Tour Carbonniere.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arles sightseeing planner.

Drive from Hyeres to Arles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Arles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vaison-la-Romaine.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Vaison-la-Romaine

— 3 nights
Vaison-la-Romaine is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The French archaeologist and hellenist Henri Metzger died here.The historic section is in two parts, the Colline du Château on a height on one side of the Ouvèze, the "upper city" and on the opposite bank, the "lower city" centered on the Colline de la Villasse.Vaison-la-Romaine is famous for its rich Roman ruins, medieval town and cathedral. Let the collections at Grand Site de l'Aven d'Orgnac and Maison de la Lavande - Domaine Lavandais capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roman Theatre of Orange and Musee du Nougat Fabrique Arnaud Soubeyran. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaison-la-Romaine: Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux (Maison de la Truffe et du Tricastin & Cathedrale Notre Dame et Saint Paul), La Ferme aux Crocodiles (in Pierrelatte) and Grignan (Terres d'ecriture & Chateau de Grignan). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Forteresse de Mornas, see the interesting displays at Musee Europeen de l'Aviation de Chasse, learn about winemaking at Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, and get engrossed in the history at Palais Des Bonbons du Nougat et des Souvenirs.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Vaison-la-Romaine visit planner.

You can drive from Arles to Vaison-la-Romaine in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Vaison-la-Romaine

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Marseille

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Palais des Papes are in your itinerary. Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre and Chateau La Coste en Provence will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Vieil Aix (in Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Ile de la Barthelasse & Pont d'Avignon). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Palais du Pharo.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Marseille vacation builder website.

Drive from Vaison-la-Romaine to Marseille in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

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.