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

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

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Paris
— 2 nights
Fly
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Avignon
— 3 nights
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cannes
— 5 nights
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Paris — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Tuileries, then contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, then make a trip to Le Trocadero et son esplanade, and finally don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower. On the next day, take a stroll through Ile Saint-Louis, appreciate the extensive heritage of Île de la Cité, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris tour itinerary planner.

Halifax, Canada to Paris is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Halifax to Paris, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Halifax in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Paris: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Avignon.
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Avignon — 3 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palais des Papes and Ile De La Barthelasse. Kids will enjoy Forteresse de Mornas and Wine Safari. Venture out of the city with trips to Un Siecle de Roulottes (in Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie) and Musee 1900 (in Arpaillargues). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Pierre, get engrossed in the history at Musee Lapidaire, and explore the galleries of Musee du Petit Palais.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Avignon trip maker website.

You can fly from Paris to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Panier and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Take a break from the city and head to Trolib and Cape Canaille. Venture out of the city with trips to La Calanque de Figuerolles (in La Ciotat) and Calanque de Port-Miou (in Cassis). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, take an in-depth tour of Musee d’Archeologie Mediterraneenne, soak away your stress at Spa La Bonne Adresse, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Marseille vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cannes.
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Cannes — 5 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Vieille Ville and Musee Picasso are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Suquet and Île Sainte-Marguerite. Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Parc du Mont Boron (in Nice) and Les Musees de La Citadelle (in Villefranche-sur-Mer). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of La Croisette, make a trip to Les Murs Peints, pause for some serene contemplation at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Cannes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.
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