11 days in South of France Itinerary

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Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Saint-Raphael
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Eglise Saint-Trophyme & Chapelle Saint-Francois-de-Paule) and Eglise Saint-Louis (in Le Lavandou). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel, partake in some friendly competition at Total Xscape, appreciate the history behind Notre Dame d‘Afrique, and examine the collection at Musee des Troupes de Marine.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael itinerary planning tool.

Newark, USA to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Newark to Saint-Raphael due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in April, expect nights in Saint-Raphael to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Marseille.
Parks · Trails · Fun & Games · Spas
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Marseille — 2 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.
On the 11th (Sat), stop by The Panier, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at Mystery Games, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, then have some family-friendly fun at Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Marseille visit planner.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Marseille sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Avignon.
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods · Museums
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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.
On the 13th (Mon), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Chateau des Baux de Provence, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue, and finally snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Avignon online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Avignon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Avignon are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nice.
Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Nice — 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Antibes (Le Nomade & Jeff de Bruges). There's still lots to do: visit Old Town, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Nice trip website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Nice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Avignon in April since evenings lows in Nice dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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