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

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

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Drive to Auckland International Airport, Fly to Nice
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Nice, France
— 11 nights
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 7 nights
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Avignon, France
— 9 nights
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Cassis, France
— 7 nights
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Saint-Raphael, France
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Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Auckland International Airport, Drive to Whangarei

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Nice, France — 11 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 Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Casino Barriere Le Croisette, La Croisette, &more) and Antibes (Le Nomade, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Nice online travel planner.

Whangarei, New Zealand to Nice is an approximately 33-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 11 hours. In October, daytime highs in Nice are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monte-Carlo.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 7 nights

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
Monte-Carlo is known for zoos & aquariums, casinos, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: try your luck at Casino of Monte-Carlo, take a leisurely stroll along Monte Carlo Harbor, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe, and examine the collection at Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monte-Carlo attractions planner.

Monte-Carlo is just a short distance from Nice. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 9 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Pont Julien (in Bonnieux), Roussillon (Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo & Le Sentier des Ocres) and Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau des Baux de Provence, identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Monte-Carlo to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Monte-Carlo in November, with highs in Avignon at 17°C and lows at 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Cassis.
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Cassis, France — 7 nights

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cassis: Sanary-sur-Mer (Musee International de la Plongee Autonome Frederic Dumas & Eglise Saint Nazaire de Sanary-sur-Mer), Ile des Embiez (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales (in Bandol). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, get lost in a book at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, head outdoors with Cape Canaille, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cassis online trip builder.

You can take a train from Avignon to Cassis in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. November in Cassis sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael, France — 7 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Port Grimaud (in Grimaud), Route des Cretes La Palud (in La Palud sur Verdon) and Saint-Tropez (Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez & St. Tropez Harbor). The adventure continues: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, trek along Les Balcons du Cap Roux, take in breathtaking views at Les Gorges du Verdon, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael travel planner.

Getting from Cassis to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Saint-Raphael are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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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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Monaco travel guide

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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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