21 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur & Paris Itinerary

21 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur & Paris Itinerary

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Nice
— 3 nights
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Saint-Raphael
— 3 nights
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Hyeres
— 4 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
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Avignon
— 2 nights
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Paris
— 4 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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Morts, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice tour itinerary builder site.

Los Angeles, USA to Nice is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Nice

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Saint-Raphael

— 3 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Go for a jaunt from Saint-Raphael to Grimaud to see Plage de Guerrevieille about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, explore the galleries of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Chateau, and stroll through Calanque de Maubois.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in September, Saint-Raphael is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Hyeres

— 4 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: Le Lavandou (Plage d'Aiguebelle & Plage de Jean Blanc) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage noire du Langoustier, stop by Le Moulin de l'Esquirol, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hyeres road trip website.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Marseille.

Things to do in Hyeres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Foret de Roustagnon (in Bandol), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Le Cassetin du Diable, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Laser game Evolution, and get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Marseille sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon, then sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at La Petite Ferme, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, then get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, and finally go deep underground at Mines de Bruoux.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon online day trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Avignon are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Paris

— 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

Before you visit Paris, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Avignon to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Avignon in October: highs in Paris hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

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.