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

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

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Avignon — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, and finally browse for treasures at Avignon Brocante.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Avignon trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Avignon is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in July, with highs in Avignon at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Trails
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Marseille — 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Cours Mirabeau will thrill your kids. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Trolib (in Cassis), Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). Spend the 31st (Sun) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Marseille are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Hyeres.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
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Hyeres — 5 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Kids will appreciate attractions like Vertical Horizon and Aquavillage Parc. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Rondini (in Saint-Tropez), Plage de Sylvabelle (in La Croix-Valmer) and Plage de Jean Blanc (in Le Lavandou). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Kiddy Parc, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de L'Argentiere, stroll through Plage de la Coudouliere, and explore the striking landscape at Sentier Jean Francois Jube.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hyeres attractions planner.

Getting from Marseille to Hyeres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Hyeres sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 5 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Bring the kids along to TakSea and Les Gorges du Verdon. Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to L'Imbut (in Aiguines), Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, get outside with Sublim Sky, get in on the family fun at Riviera Nature, and cool off at Aqualand Frejus.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Hyeres to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Hyeres in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nice.
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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.
Attractions like Marineland and Vieille Ville make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannes (Rue d'Antibes & La Croisette). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nice journey planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, expect nights in Nice to be a bit warmer, around 25°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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.