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

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

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Fly
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Avignon
— 1 night
Drive
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Marseille
— 1 night
Drive
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Cannes
— 1 night
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Avignon — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St-Trophime Cloister (Cloitre St-Trophime), contemplate the long history of Eglise St-Trophime, explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, then identify plant and animal life at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tarascon. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, browse the exhibits of Musee du Vin Brotte Degustation et Vente, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, then admire the striking features of Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole, and finally steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon road trip planning app.

Paris to Avignon is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in June: highs in Avignon hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
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Marseille — 1 night

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Vallon des Auffes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp.

Plan my Marseille trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Drive from Avignon to Marseille in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Marseille are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes — 1 night

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take a stroll through Le Suquet, take a peaceful walk through Lérins Islands, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cannes trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Marseille to Cannes in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Marseille in July, you will find days in Cannes are little chillier (33°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.
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