8 days in South of France Itinerary

8 days in South of France Itinerary

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8 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5​h
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Menton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Saint-Tropez
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: London

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nights
Nice

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Des Pénitents Blancs. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St Nicholas Cathedral, then take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and then kick back and relax at Castel Plage.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice road trip site .

London, UK to Nice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Nice due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Nice hover around 32°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Menton.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

St-Paul-de-Vence, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Ville medieval
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild ©

1
night
Menton

Menton ©
Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cemetery of the Old Chateau, kick back and relax at Promenade du Soleil, then get to know the fascinating history of Promenade Le Corbusier, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Menton trip builder tool .

You can drive from Nice to Menton in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Menton sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Menton

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
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Cemetery of the Old Chateau ©
Cemetery of the Old Chateau

2
nights
Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Escalet, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): kick back and relax at Plage de Sylvabelle and then kick back and relax at La plage.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Menton to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Menton, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Tropez, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, La plage, Chateau de Grimaud
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Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle

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Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 20th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Lourmarin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, see the interesting displays at Musee Granet, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieil Aix, and finally take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Aix-en-Provence takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Saint-Tropez, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Aix-en-Provence, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Chateau de Lourmarin, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
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