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
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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 Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Granet and Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre. Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles), Chateau Vignelaure (in Rians) and Aix-en-Provence (Spas, Fondation Vasarely, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, look for gifts at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip builder website.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Marseille is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Marseille. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, with highs in Marseille at 14°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

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, stroll through 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.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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 Chateau des Baux de Provence for their historical value. Explore Avignon's surroundings by going to Arles (Cryptoportiques, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more), Musee Frederic Mistral (in Maillane) and Cathedrale Des Images (in Les Baux de Provence). Dedicate the 17th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Contemporary Tapiezo, head off the coast to Ile de la Barthelasse, see the interesting displays at Musee de Region Auguste Chabaud, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary builder.

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 your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Hyeres.
Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Side Trips

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 Musee des Automates. Explore Hyeres' surroundings by going to Paroisse de Ramatuelle (in Ramatuelle), Six-Fours-les-Plages (La Maison du Cygne, Aquarium de l'Institut oceanographique Paul Ricard, &more) and Bandol (Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales & Villa des Flo). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame De Constance, admire the masterpieces at Villa Carmignac, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hyeres day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Hyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in January, things will get a bit warmer in Hyeres: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nice.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips

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 Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Juan-les-Pins (Square Sidney Bechet, Eglise Notre Dame de la Pinede, &more), Antibes (Musee PEYNET et du Dessin Humoristique, Old Town, &more) and Cannes (Galerie1414, Le Suquet, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, 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.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Side Trips

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 Cloitre de la Cathedrale de Frejus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Memorial des Guerres en Indochine and Chapelle Notre Dame de la Queste. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Massif du Tanneron (in Tanneron), Riviera golf de Barbossi (in Mandelieu-la-Napoule) and Espace de l'Art Concret - Centre d'art contemporain d'interet national (in Mouans-Sartoux). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, take in the exciting artwork at The Orange Tree Galerie, get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Tour Carree, and see the interesting displays at Musee Archeologique.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in February, Saint-Raphael is a bit cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.