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

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

Created using Inspirock Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur visit planner

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Aix-en-Provence
— 5 nights
Drive
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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Avignon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cavaillon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bonnieux
— 5 nights
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Aix-en-Provence

— 5 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee Granet and Fondation Vasarely. Get some cultural insight at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence and Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Site Granet XXe, Collection Jean Planque, contemplate the long history of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Carre d'artistes Aix-en-Provence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise du Saint-Esprit.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence day trip website.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Marseille Provence Airport, Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport and Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping

Marseille

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palais du Pharo and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Musee d'Histoire de Marseille. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee d'Archeologie Mediterraneenne, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, stop by Musee du Savon de Marseille La Licorne, and head outdoors with Calanque du Sugiton.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Marseille sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Transportation

Arles

— 3 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, don't miss a visit to Le Sentier des Moulins d'Alphonse Daudet, then contemplate the long history of Moulin de Daudet, and finally delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame des Sablons, see the interesting displays at Les Trains du Colorado, then take in panoramic vistas at Tour Carbonniere, and finally steep yourself in history at Eglise St-Trophime.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arles trip maker site.

You can drive from Marseille to Arles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Avignon.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon

— 2 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilique Saint Pierre and Place Crillon. Your inner history buff will appreciate Musee du Petit Palais and Eglise Saint-Agricol. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Collegiale Saint-Didier, get engrossed in the history at Silk Conditioning Museum, explore the world behind art at Musee Louis Vouland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Symphorien.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon tour planner.

Getting from Arles to Avignon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Avignon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cavaillon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Cavaillon

— 3 nights
Cavaillon is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Sentier Vigneron d'Oppede, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Medievale Notre-Dame-d'Alydon, and then get great views at Chapelle St Jacques. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at retouR De Voyage, then make a trip to Hotel d'Agar, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint Veran.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cavaillon online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Avignon to Cavaillon by car takes about an hour. July in Cavaillon sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bonnieux.

Things to do in Cavaillon

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bonnieux

— 5 nights
Bonnieux is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Lourmarin and Poterie Point Fusion. Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Lacoste and Eglise Saint Martin are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Bonnieux: Abbaye de Silvacane (in La Roque-d'Antheron), Domaine des Jardinettes (in Villelaure) and Ansouis (Musee des Arts et des Metiers du vin (Chateau Turcan) & Santons Daniel Galli). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Cheval Enjeu, view the masterpieces at Galerie Pascal Laine, see the interesting displays at Musee de Cucuron, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bonnieux driving holiday site.

Bonnieux is just a stone's throw from Cavaillon. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Bonnieux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.