13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France tour planner
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Nice
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gordes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence
— 1 night
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Arles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 1 night
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nice attractions tool.

Montreal, Canada to Nice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Montreal to Nice. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Montreal in May, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Trolib (in Cassis) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Marseille road trip tool.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gordes.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Gordes — 2 nights

Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lourmarin, then relax in the rural setting at Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras, and then trek along Le Sentier des Ocres. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at La Petite Ferme, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gordes trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Gordes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Shopping
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Find places to stay May 10 — 12:

Saint-Remy-de-Provence — 1 night

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.HistoryThe town is named after Saint Remigius.GeographySaint-Rémy-de-Provence is situated about 20km south of Avignon, just north of the Alpilles mountain range.TransportationThe high-speed train station is 20 km from the city. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and then delve into the distant past at Site Archeologique de Glanum.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Remy-de-Provence trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Gordes to Saint-Remy-de-Provence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Arles.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Arles — 2 nights

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, then head outdoors with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and then delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Chateau de L'Hauture, take in the views from Pont du Gard, and then delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Arles trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Saint-Remy-de-Provence to Arles in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Avignon — 1 night

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 16th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes, make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and then get a tailor-made plan with Le Gout des Autres - Wine Prestige Tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Avignon tour planning tool.

Getting from Arles to Avignon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. May in Avignon sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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