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

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

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Make it your trip
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 3 nights
Train to Lyon, Fly to Minneapolis

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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 13th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Forcerie Vial and then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Agathonis Plongee, then head outdoors with Eco Gliss, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael road trip website.

Minneapolis, USA to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Saint-Raphael is 7 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nice.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Nice — 5 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.
When in Nice, make a side trip to see Lérins Islands in Cannes, approximately Cannes away. Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, examine the collection at Musee Matisse, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary planning 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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in June: highs in Nice hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marseille.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 19:

Marseille — 4 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, wander the streets of The Panier, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Marseille itinerary planner.

Drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in June, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Avignon.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

Avignon — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon), Gordes (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque & La Tour des Beaumes) and Les Baux de Provence (Carrieres des Lumieres & Chateau des Baux de Provence). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, examine the collection at Musee Angladon, and steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre (les Arenes).

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Avignon fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
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.