9 days in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur & Paris Itinerary

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Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Antibes
— 3 nights
Le Lavandou
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Antibes — 3 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
Bring the kids along to Marineland and TakSea. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Cueillette du Rocher (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Musee des Troupes de Marine (in Frejus). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Lérins Islands and enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Antibes travel route planner.

Newark, USA to Antibes is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In August in Antibes, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Le Lavandou.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature
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Le Lavandou — 2 nights

Le Lavandou is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. On the 21st (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Saint-Clair, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Jean Blanc, and then kick back and relax at Plage de Sylvabelle. Here are some ideas for day two: make a splash at Aquaboum and then get a dose of the wild on Dune La Londe.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Le Lavandou road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Antibes to Le Lavandou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Antibes in August, Le Lavandou is slightly colder at night with lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Paris.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Paris — 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palace of Versailles and Musee d'Orsay. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation builder tool.

Fly from Le Lavandou to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Le Lavandou in August; daily highs in Paris reach 77°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
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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.