13 days in South of France Itinerary

13 days in South of France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South of France visit planner

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Fly
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Marseille
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
Train
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Cannes
— 2 nights
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Cannes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nice
— 3 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence), Palais des Papes (in Avignon) and Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, admire the masterpieces at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc National des Calanques, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Marseille planning site.

Boston, USA to Marseille is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Boston in May, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

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Saint-Raphael

— 2 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 13th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Musee d'Histoire Locale et des Traditions, then don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and then look for gifts at Catalan Bougie. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then delve into the distant past at Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres, and then kick back and relax at Plage de Guerrevieille.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Raphael day trip planning site.

Drive from Marseille to Saint-Raphael in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

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 15th (Fri): take a stroll through Le Suquet, make a trip to Les Murs Peints, then head off the coast to Île Sainte-Marguerite, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue d'Antibes. On your second day here, browse the fresh offerings at Marche Forville, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Musee Fragonard, and finally don't miss a visit to Rue Meynadier.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Saint-Raphael to Cannes in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Cannes.

Things to do in Cannes

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 16:

Cannes

— 2 nights

Festival City

Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes and then delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Musee Fragonard, then take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes, and then get a taste of the local shopping with La Croisette.

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Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Cannes to Nice takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nice

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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