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
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Nice
— 8 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 7 nights
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Nice — 8 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Lérins Islands & La Croisette), Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Villa Eilenroc, &more). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: visit Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse.

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Charleston, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charleston to Nice. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Charleston in June, with highs in Nice at 76°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hyeres.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Hyeres side-trips: Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet), Decouverte du Vivant (in Sanary-sur-Mer) and Foret de Roustagnon (in Bandol). The adventure continues: stroll around Parc St Bernard, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro, do a tasting at Chateau Des Garcinieres, and indulge your senses at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera.

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Drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in June, Hyeres is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marseille.
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Marseille — 5 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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat), Cassis (Trolib, Calanque de Port-Miou, &more) and Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more). Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

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Traveling by car from Hyeres to Marseille takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Marseille sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Avignon.
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Avignon — 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Gordes (La Tour des Beaumes & Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque), Mines de Bruoux (in Gargas) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). Dedicate the 13th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, stroll through Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and make a trip to Pont d'Avignon.

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Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 7 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore Saint-Raphael's surroundings by going to Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron), La Ferme des Cairns (in Seillans) and Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, enjoy the sand and surf at Calanque de Maubois, get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, and explore and take pictures at Route des Cretes La Palud.

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Traveling by car from Avignon to Saint-Raphael takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. July in Saint-Raphael sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.