14 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Bordeaux & Paris Itinerary

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Nice — 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (La Croisette, Le Suquet, &more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Old Town, get great views at Mt Boron, make a trip to Place Massena, and contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nice journey planner.

Newark, USA to Nice is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nice are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: La Ciotat (Route des Cretes & Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde), Trolib (in Cassis) and Avignon (Wine Safari, Palais des Papes, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours
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Bordeaux — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): view the masterpieces at La Petite Galerie de Bordeaux, make a trip to The Water Mirror, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Place de la Bourse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Tour Pey-Berland, then make a trip to Place du Parlement, then do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac, and finally do a tasting at Chateau de Reignac.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Paris — 4 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paris trip tool.

Take a train from Bordeaux to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Bordeaux, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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.