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

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

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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Frejus
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antibes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cathédrale La Major. Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne and Savonnerie du Midi will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Cassis (Calanque de Port-Miou & Trolib) and Museum of the Foreign Legion (in Aubagne). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Centre de la Vieille Charite, wander the streets of The Panier, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Vincent de Paul Church.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille tour planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez — 2 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Get some cultural insight at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime and Confiserie Azureenne. Get some historical perspective at St. Tropez Harbor and Paroisse de Ramatuelle. When in Saint-Tropez, make a side trip to see Grande Plage du Lavandou in Le Lavandou, approximately Le Lavandou away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Port de Cavalaire, head outdoors with Eco Gliss, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Ponche Beach.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Frejus.
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Frejus — 2 nights

Fréjus is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It neighbours Saint-Raphaël, effectively forming one town. On the 8th (Mon), kick back and relax at Agay Beach, get interesting insight from Agathonis Plongee, and then kick back and relax at Frejus Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then steep yourself in history at Cite Episcopale.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Frejus online journey maker.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Frejus in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Saint-Tropez in May since evenings lows in Frejus dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Antibes.
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Antibes — 2 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
On the 9th (Tue), take a tour of Vieux Port. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Musee National Fernand-Leger, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Biot, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Antibes trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Frejus to Antibes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La cité médiévale and The Church of Èze. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront activity at Old Harbor (La Darse), make a trip to Promenade Maurice Rouvier, examine the collection at Les Musees de La Citadelle, and explore the striking landscape at Tete de Chien.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nice tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Antibes to Nice in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums
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.
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