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

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

Created using Inspirock Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Trip Planner

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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 9 nights
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Nice

— 5 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes La Croisette as well as La cité médiévale. Get some historical perspective at Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Do some cultural sightseeing at Le Suquet and Musée Marc Chagall. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice online vacation planner.

Strasbourg to Nice is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Strasbourg in June, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 29:

Avignon

— 2 nights

City of Popes

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.
Arenes de Nimes has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, then learn about winemaking at Les Caves Saint Charles, and then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon. On your second day here, catch a live event at Arenes de Nimes, take in the views from Pont du Gard, and then learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine.

Plan my day in Avignon using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in June, expect nights in Avignon to be a bit cooler, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Marseille

— 9 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Provence Wine Tours as well as Site Memorial du Camp des Milles. Escape the urban bustle at Calanques and Parc National des Calanques. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée & Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Chateau Calissanne (in Lancon-Provence). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church, visit The Panier, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Marseille, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 10:

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.