14 days in South of France Itinerary

14 days in South of France Itinerary

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14 days in South of France Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Grimaud
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Avignon
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
4
Marseille
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: La Croisette (in Cannes), Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois (in Tanneron) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nice online route builder .

Brisbane, Australia to Nice is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Brisbane in December, things will get cooler in Nice: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grimaud.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chapelle Saint-Bernardin, La Croisette, Massif de l'Esterel, Chapelle de Saint-Cassien des Bois
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

2
nights
Grimaud

Grimaud ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Domaine Sainte Marie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame De Constance, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at La Certosa di La Verne, then make a trip to Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Des Garcinieres. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Domaine de la Giscle, learn about winemaking at Domaine des Beaucas, then look for gifts at La Cave du Marche, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Regard.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Grimaud road trip planner .

You can drive from Nice to Grimaud in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Grimaud when traveling from Nice in December, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Grimaud

Wineries Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sainte-Maxime, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Cogolin
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Domaine des Beaucas ©
Domaine des Beaucas
Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu ©
Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu
Domaine de la Giscle ©
Domaine de la Giscle

2
nights
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 21st (Sat), savor the flavors at Food & Drink and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Atelier et Musee du Santon, then explore the world behind art at Carrieres des Lumieres, then get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, and finally steep yourself in history at Pont d'Avignon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip planning app .

You can drive from Grimaud to Avignon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Grimaud in December, plan for little chillier days in Avignon, with highs around 11°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Carrieres des Lumieres, Atelier et Musee du Santon
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

3
nights
Marseille

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Cours Mirabeau, Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, & more) and La Ciotat (Route des Cretes, Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, browse the collection at Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, contemplate the long history of Le Tour de l'Horloge, and have some family-friendly fun at Laser game Evolution.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Marseille day trip tool .

Getting from Avignon to Marseille by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Avignon in December, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Aix-en-Provence, La Ciotat, Bibliotheque Municipale de Cassis, Laser game Evolution
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Le Vieux Port
Le Vieux Port

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