20 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur & Monaco Itinerary

20 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur & Monaco Itinerary

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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Bus to Tour Fondue, Ferry to Porquerolles Island
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Porquerolles Island, France
— 1 night
Ferry to La Londe-les-Maures, Taxi to Saint-Tropez
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Cannes, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antibes, France
— 1 night
Drive
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St-Paul-de-Vence, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 3 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence and Abbaye de La Celle will appeal to history buffs. Family-friendly places like Museum Calisson and Cours Mirabeau will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aix-en-Provence: Chapel of the Templars (in Bras), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Graces (in Cotignac). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Malte, and browse the exhibits of Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Aix-en-Provence is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, things will get little chillier in Aix-en-Provence: highs are around 60°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Plage de la Pointe Rouge, soak away your stress at Spa La Bonne Adresse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Laurent, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Marseille online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Porquerolles Island.
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Porquerolles Island, France — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then admire the masterpieces at Villa Carmignac, then kick back and relax at Plage Notre Dame, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Anne.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Porquerolles Island online trip maker.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Marseille to Porquerolles Island in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez, France — 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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroisse de Ramatuelle, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, then explore the gorgeous colors at Le Cap Lardier, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pointe des Sardinaux. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez, then go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor, and finally don't miss a visit to Le musée de l’Annonciade.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip planner.

Getting from Porquerolles Island to Saint-Tropez by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In March in Saint-Tropez, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lérins Islands and Plage Mace. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Suquet and Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Mont Vinaigre (in Frejus) and Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron). The adventure continues: wander the streets of La Croisette, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Peyre, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes road trip planning website.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Cannes by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. In March, daytime highs in Cannes are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Antibes.
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Antibes, France — 1 night

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
On the 23rd (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de la Garoupe, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Salis.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Antibes online tour itinerary planner.

Antibes is very close to Cannes. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to St-Paul-de-Vence.
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St-Paul-de-Vence, France — 2 nights

Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, steep yourself in history at La Collegiale de la Conversion de St-Paul, and then see the interesting displays at Fondation Maeght. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Riviera fly-fishing, then hike along Baou de Saint Jeannet, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the St-Paul-de-Vence day trip planning tool.

St-Paul-de-Vence is just a short distance from Antibes. In March in St-Paul-de-Vence, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Nice, France — 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Place Garibaldi. Get outdoors at Parc du Mont Boron and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Chateau, and walk around Parc Naturel Departemental de la Grande Corniche.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Nice trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Nice is just a stone's throw from St-Paul-de-Vence. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monte-Carlo.
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 1 night

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Sainte Devote, Head underground at Jardin Exotique de Monaco, then explore the historical opulence of Prince's Palace, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of William Grover-Williams, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee.

Before you visit Monte-Carlo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Monte-Carlo is very close to Nice. In March in Monte-Carlo, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.1
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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Monaco travel guide

4.1
Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.
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