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

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

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— 5 nights
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Taxi to La Londe-les-Maures, Ferry to Porquerolles Island
Porquerolles Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Tour Fondue, Bus to Marseille
— 2 nights


Paris — 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and don't miss a visit to Champs-Elysees.

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London, UK to Paris is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Nice — 3 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 & Vieux Port) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

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Fly from Paris to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in September, with highs in Nice at 28°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence — 2 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 10th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix, then explore the galleries of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally don't miss a visit to Librairie Le Blason. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then don't miss a visit to Cours Mirabeau, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Paul Cezanne.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence travel planner.

Getting from Nice to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez — 1 night

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 12th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Church St Francis of Assisi, then stop by Port Grimaud, then stroll through Plage de Pampelonne, and finally take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez itinerary planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Porquerolles Island.
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Porquerolles Island — 2 nights

On the 13th (Tue), kick back and relax at Plage Notre Dame, then take in the waterfront activity at Le port de l'ile de Porquerolles, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Courtade. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Le Moulin du Bonheur, kick back and relax at Plage d'Argent, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Saint Agathe.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Porquerolles Island day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Saint-Tropez to Porquerolles Island in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Marseille.
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Marseille — 2 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Port de Cassis (in Cassis) and Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a stroll through The Panier, make a trip to La corniche, and head off the coast to Chateau d'If.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille vacation planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Porquerolles Island to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In September, daytime highs in Marseille are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (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.