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

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Calanques and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Marseille vacation planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Marseille is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Jerusalem to Marseille, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aix-en-Provence: Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet) and Chateau de Lourmarin (in Lourmarin). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, examine the collection at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, and wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence trip builder app.

You can drive from Marseille to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

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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.
On the 18th (Sun), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then make a trip to Palais des Papes.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon trip planning tool.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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.