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

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Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Saint-Raphael
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Luna Park Frejus, then see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Forcerie Vial and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael route planner.

Washington, USA to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Saint-Raphael: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Nice — 3 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.
Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Coast Brewing Company, wander the streets of Old Town, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.
Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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.