15 days in Paris & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

15 days in Paris & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Paris — 5 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the striking features of Sainte-Chapelle, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris road trip tool.

Newark, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Paris is 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Newark in September, with highs in Paris at 70°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:

Avignon — 2 nights

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 30th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then make a trip to Pont d'Avignon, and finally step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Avignon trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Paris in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Aix-en-Provence.
Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
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Aix-en-Provence — 2 nights

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): stop by The Panier, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michel Church, then get a dose of the wild on Trolib, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Saint-Raphael — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 4th (Tue), zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then do a tasting at Domaine Terres Destel.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.
Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Wineries
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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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nice journey maker tool.

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. In October, daytime highs in Nice are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature
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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.