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

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

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Marseille
— 10 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 2 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Hyeres
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 29 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 6 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Rio de Janeiro

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Marseille — 10 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.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Musee Granet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Musee des Chantiers Naval. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Chateau Vignelaure (in Rians), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Aix-en-Provence (Spas, Fondation Vasarely, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major, get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Histoire de Marseille, take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and explore the world behind art at MAC - Musee d'Art Contemporain.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille trip itinerary planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Marseille is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Marseille due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in Marseille hover around 14°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Find places to stay Jan 1 — 11:

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 2 nights

Engulfed in the Provençal culture, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer has many literary, artistic, and musical references from master artists due to its location where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean and as the pilgrimage destination for Romany people, sometimes called gypsies.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get outside with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma, look for all kinds of wild species at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, see the interesting displays at Musee Baroncelli, take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Ranch de la Brouzetiere. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Le Gitan, visit a coastal fixture at Phare de la Gacholle, then explore by horseback at L'Ecurie de l'Auberge Cavaliere du Pont des Bannes, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Port Gardian - Port de Plaisance.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. January in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Avignon.
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Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Avignon — 6 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Carrieres des Lumieres and Musee Departemental Arles Antique. Visit Palais des Papes and Cathedrale Des Images for their historical value. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Arles (Cryptoportiques, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more), Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence) and Musee Frederic Mistral (in Maillane). Dedicate the 17th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Boutique John Gormsen, and do a tasting at Chateau de la Gardine.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip website.

Traveling by car from Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can 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. Popular historic sites such as Notre Dame du Mai and Notre Dame de Consolation are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at Musee Du Patrimoine and Villa Carmignac. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Six-Fours-les-Plages (La Maison du Cygne, Aquarium de l'Institut oceanographique Paul Ricard, &more), Paroisse de Ramatuelle (in Ramatuelle) and Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, see the interesting displays at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Pierre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hyeres tour app.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Avignon in January; daily highs in Hyeres reach 16°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.
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Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:

Nice — 29 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.
You'll explore and learn at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain and Palais Lascaris. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieille Ville and Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Juan-les-Pins (Square Sidney Bechet, Eglise Notre Dame de la Pinede, &more), Cannes (Galerie1414, Le Suquet, &more) and Antibes (Musee PEYNET et du Dessin Humoristique, Old Town, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, contemplate the long history of Ville medieval, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nice day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 6 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Musee des Troupes de Marine and Memorial des Guerres en Indochine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews and Cimetiere marin de Saint-Tropez. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Riviera golf de Barbossi (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule), Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron) and Espace de l'Art Concret - Centre d'art contemporain d'interet national (in Mouans-Sartoux). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cloitre de la Cathedrale de Frejus, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tour Carree, learn about all things military at Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cite Episcopale.

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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 February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saint-Raphael, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Feb 23 — 29:

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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