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

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

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Marseille — 2 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Cassis). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, step off the mainland to explore Chateau d'If, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Marseille is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Marseille, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with highs in Marseille at 35°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gordes.
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Gordes — 2 nights

Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 2nd (Wed), make a trip to Moulin de Jerusalem, stroll through Le Sentier des Ocres, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Il Etait Une Flamme, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mines de Bruoux, then experience rural life at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin.

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Traveling by car from Marseille to Gordes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Gordes are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Saint-Raphael is known for sightseeing, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, kick back and relax at Calanque de Maubois, tee off at Golf Blue Green l'Academie, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de L'Oratoire.

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You can drive from Gordes to Saint-Raphael in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Antibes (Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, Le Nomade, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

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Getting from Saint-Raphael to Nice by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Saint-Raphael in September since evenings lows in Nice dip to 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Thu) before leaving for home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.