14 days in Barcelona, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur & French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Marseille, France
— 1 night
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Hyeres, France
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Saint-Raphael, France
— 2 nights
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Nice, France
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Barcelona, Spain — 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for sightseeing, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Casa Batllo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Barcelona Cathedral, make a trip to Casa Mila - La Pedrera, and admire the local landmark of The Magic Fountain.

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Washington, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington in August since evenings lows in Barcelona dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Avignon.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Avignon, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine, then learn about winemaking at Distillerie A. Blachere, then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Avignon holiday planning app.

Getting from Barcelona to Avignon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Avignon when traveling from Barcelona in August, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Fri), take a stroll through The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Marseille tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Hyeres.
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Hyeres, France — 2 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage Notre Dame, and then cool off at Aquavillage Parc. On your second day here, see the vivid underwater world at Sentier Sous Marin, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc, and then stroll through Plage de Sylvabelle.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hyeres road trip site.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Hyeres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael, France — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): make a splash at Waterworld lake of gaudrade, then see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, then head outdoors with Eco Gliss, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on Forcerie Vial and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael online vacation planner.

Getting from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands & Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Pierre & Paul, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nice driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Raphael to Nice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Saint-Raphael in September, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel back 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.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.
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