10 days in Lake Como & Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Bellagio
Bellagio, Italy
— 3 nights
Avignon, France
— 1 night
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 4 nights


Bellagio, Italy — 3 nights

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Get out of town with these interesting Bellagio side-trips: Faro voltiano (in Brunate), Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta, Villa del Balbianello, &more) and Cathedral of Como (Duomo) (in Como). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Sant’Andrea di Bonzeno, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at I Giardini di Villa Melzi.

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Newark, USA to Bellagio is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Bellagio, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in Bellagio, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to Avignon.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
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Avignon, France — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take an exotic tour of Wine Safari, explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Avignon online tour planner.

You can fly from Bellagio to Avignon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Avignon sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
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Marseille, France — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally wander the streets of The Panier.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Marseille day trip tool.

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Nice.
Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Nice, France — 4 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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), La Maison du Terroir (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Saint-Raphael (TakSea & Les Balcons du Cap Roux). There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marineland, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, and steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nice route planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Marseille in August, you will find days in Nice are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Lake Como travel guide

Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur travel guide

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.