9 days in Marseille, Avignon & Nice Itinerary

9 days in Marseille, Avignon & Nice Itinerary

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9 days in Marseille, Avignon & Nice Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Marseille
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Avignon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Nice
— 4 nights
Fly:  17 h
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, then examine the collection at Granet Museum, and then head outdoors with Route des Cretes.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marseille day trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Marseille is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Marseille due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in August: highs in Marseille hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, Route des Cretes, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Les Eclaireurs Sculpteurs Africains, step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, appreciate the history behind Livree Ceccano, then examine the collection at Musee Angladon, and finally snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Avignon journey planning app .

Traveling by train from Marseille to Avignon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Museums
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Musee Angladon ©
Musee Angladon

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Villeneuve-Loubet). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, walk around Colline du Chateau overlook, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nice trip maker site .

You can drive from Avignon to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Avignon, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nice

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours

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Marineland, Massif de l'Esterel
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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