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

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

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Marseille — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with these side-trips from Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more), Route des Cretes (in La Ciotat) and Trolib (in Cassis). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, wander the streets of The Panier, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Marseille trip maker app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Marseille is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 4 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Marseille can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Avignon.
Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

Avignon — 3 nights

City of Popes

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes) and Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and take in the views from Pont d'Avignon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Marseille to Avignon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Avignon, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Nice — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Morgana Boutique (in Golfe-Juan Vallauris) and Lérins Islands (in Cannes). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Fleurs Cours Saleya.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice driving holiday app.

Getting from Avignon to Nice by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Nice: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

Saint-Raphael — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, and then stop by Catalan Bougie.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saint-Raphael trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Nice to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Saint-Raphael: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.
Tours · Shopping · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 16:

Saint-Tropez — 3 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. On the 17th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Domaine de la Giscle, walk around Sentier du Littoral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Le Cap Lardier, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Minuty. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with La Plongee aux Issambres, then head outdoors with Eco Gliss, then take an in-depth tour of Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, and finally stop by Port Grimaud.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saint-Tropez holiday planning tool.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Saint-Tropez, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

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.

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.