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

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

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Nice
— 10 nights
Drive
2
Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Saint-Tropez
— 6 nights
Drive
4
Avignon
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Marseille
— 6 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Nice — 10 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, Marche Forville, &more), Antibes (Musee Picasso, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more) and Galerie Lifetime Gallery (in Mougins). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nice driving holiday planning site.

Durham, USA to Nice is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Nice is 6 hours. Traveling from Durham in June, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 30:

Saint-Raphael — 6 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Raphael side-trips: Domaine de La Royrie (in Grasse), Tanneron (Forcerie Vial & Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois) and Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, experience rural life at La Ferme des Cairns, learn about winemaking at Domaine Val d'Iris, and kick back and relax at Calanque de Maubois.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Saint-Raphael trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in June, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are little chillier (59°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Tropez.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 6:

Saint-Tropez — 6 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Tropez: Dune La Londe (in La Londe Les Maures), Le Cap Lardier (in La Croix-Valmer) and Parc St Bernard (in Hyeres). There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Wine Tours Provence & Riviera, kick back and relax at Plage de Guerrevieille, do a tasting at Domaine Sainte Marie, and stroll through Plage de Gigaro.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in July: highs in Saint-Tropez hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Avignon.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 12:

Avignon — 5 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: La Petite Ferme (in Villes-sur-Auzon), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes), St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Sentier des Ocres.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Avignon trip maker.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
more
Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:

Marseille — 6 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: Aix-en-Provence (Musee Granet, Cours Mirabeau, &more), Santons Daniel Galli (in Ansouis) and Truffle Hunting at Les Pastras (in Cadenet). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, surround yourself with nature on Trolib, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Marseille tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Marseille are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
more
Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 23:

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.
more