34 days in Bouches-du-Rhone Itinerary

34 days in Bouches-du-Rhone Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bouches-du-Rhone vacation planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Marseille
— 20 nights
Drive
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence
— 7 nights
Drive
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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
— 6 nights
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Marseille — 20 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: Mas de Cadenet, Guy Négrel (in Trets), Aix-en-Provence (Tours in Provence - Day Tours, Vieil Aix, &more) and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles (in Les Milles). Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, and take a stroll through The Panier.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marseille trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Marseille is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Marseille is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Dubai in May, things will get colder in Marseille: highs are around 26°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saint-Remy-de-Provence.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Saint-Remy-de-Provence — 7 nights

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.HistoryThe town is named after Saint Remigius.GeographySaint-Rémy-de-Provence is situated about 20km south of Avignon, just north of the Alpilles mountain range.TransportationThe high-speed train station is 20 km from the city. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Remy-de-Provence: Aqueduc Romain de Barbegal (in Fontvieille) and Arles (Cryptoportiques, Amphitheatre (les Arenes), &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Site Archeologique de Glanum, admire the landmark architecture of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, and savor the flavors at Epicerie Fine.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Remy-de-Provence tour itinerary builder website.

Drive from Marseille to Saint-Remy-de-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas
Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer — 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Plage de Piemanson (in Salin de Giraud) and Delta Fishing (in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhone). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, ride a horse along L'Ecurie de l'Auberge Cavaliere du Pont des Bannes, enjoy breathtaking views from Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer day trip planning site.

You can drive from Saint-Remy-de-Provence to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Bouches-du-Rhone travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Art Museums · Piers & Boardwalks
Named after the mouth of the Rhône River where it meets the Mediterranean Sea, Bouches-du-Rhône is a department created during the French Revolution from the western part of the former province of Provence, with its history closely linked to Provence. The department is well-represented in French art as Paul Cézanne painted numerous representations of Mont Sainte-Victoire and Vincent van Gogh spent much of his life here, painting many scenes of the area. The largest city in the department, Marseille, contains a major industrial harbor, which today serves as France's largest commercial port. You can both enjoy a seaside vacation or charter a vessel to take you out onto the Mediterranean. Marseille has been an important harbor since before Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul, and this Roman presence has left numerous historical attractions across the cities and rural communities of the department.
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