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

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

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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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris road trip planning tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Paris is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Cape Town, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take a stroll through The Panier, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Fondation Vasarely, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aix-en-Provence road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Aix-en-Provence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In November, Aix-en-Provence is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nice trip planner.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Nice sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
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.