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

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

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Nice — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from Nice with a short trip to Lérins Islands in Cannes, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nice day trip tool.

Birmingham, UK to Nice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Nice due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in February: high temperatures in Nice hover around 15°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): hike along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Massif du Tanneron, and then steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in February since evenings lows in Saint-Raphael dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye.
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Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Le Pont du Chatelet. On the 23rd (Wed), snap pictures at Le Pont du Chatelet, then admire the sheer force of Cascade de la Pisse, and then relax and rejuvenate at Le Spa by L'Alta Peyra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at l'Arche Des Cimes.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye online holiday planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye by car takes about 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Marseille.
Parks · Spas · Outdoors · Nature
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Marseille — 3 nights

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Cours Mirabeau (in Aix-en-Provence) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). Spend the 26th (Sat) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and visit The Panier.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille attractions planner.

Drive from Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye to Marseille in 3 hours. In February in Marseille, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
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.