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

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

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

Philadelphia
Fly:  17​h 30​min
Nice
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Avignon
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
Marseille
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
Philadelphia

4
days
Nice

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Suquet and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vieux Eze and Rue d'Antibes. When in Nice, make a side trip to see La Croisette in Cannes, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze, steep yourself in history at Villa Grecque Kerylos, and step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes.

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Philadelphia, USA to Nice is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Nice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, Nice is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Sightseeing Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cannes, Eze, Une Maison à Saint-Paul de Vence, Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, Haut de Cagnes
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Vieux Eze
Vieille Ville
Le Suquet

2
days
Avignon

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.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Musee Departemental Arles Antique, explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, and then contemplate the long history of Palais des Papes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tarascon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Maison de Santé Saint-Paul de Mausole, and finally steep yourself in history at Site Archeologique de Glanum.

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You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Avignon when traveling from Nice in October, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Sightseeing Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Musee Departemental Arles Antique, Chateau de Tarascon
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Palais des Papes
Site Archeologique de Glanum
Chateau de Tarascon

1
day
Marseille

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 22nd (Sun), wander the streets of Old Port, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

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Take a train from Avignon to Marseille in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Marseille sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Sightseeing Historic Sites Neighborhoods

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Aix-en-Provence
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Vieil Aix
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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