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

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

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Make it your trip
Fly to Lyon, Train to Avignon
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Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Castellane
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 5 nights
Fly to Biarritz, Bus to Bilbao

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Avignon — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Avignon: Mines de Bruoux (in Gargas), Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Avignon is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bilbao in August, expect nights in Avignon to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Castellane.
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Castellane — 4 nights

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Castellane: Entrevaux (Musee de la Moto d'Entrevaux & La Citadelle d'Entrevaux), Waterworld (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon). And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, make a trip to Chapelle Notre Dame du Roc, see the interesting displays at CitroMuseum, and surround yourself with nature on Verdon Xp & The Funny Helmets.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Castellane road trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Castellane in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Castellane can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.
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Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

Nice — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Rue d'Antibes, La Croisette, &more) and Azur Wine Tours (in Vence). Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, kick back and relax at Castel Plage, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, and shop like a local with Gallery 26.

Find out how to plan Nice trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Castellane to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Castellane in August: highs in Nice hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
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Saint-Raphael — 5 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), Sainte-Maxime (Zipline & Kelys) and Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, kick back and relax at Plage de Guerrevieille, stroll through Plage du Chateau, and make a splash at Aqualand Frejus.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in August, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hyeres.
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Hyeres — 6 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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Grimaud (Chateau de Grimaud & Port Grimaud), Atlantide (in Bandol) and Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's still lots to do: see the vivid underwater world at Sentier Sous Marin, make a splash at Aquavillage Parc, take in the dramatic natural features at Presqu'ile de Giens, and kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hyeres vacation planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Hyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Saint-Raphael in August, plan for slightly colder days in Hyeres, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Cours Mirabeau, &more) and Cassis (Trolib, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more). Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and wander the streets of The Panier.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Marseille holiday planning site.

You can drive from Hyeres to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:

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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