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A woman enjoying a beach day in the South of France.

The South of France is one of the best European summer destinations. During the warmer months, this area of France amazes travelers with its beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean Sea, charming small towns, endless lavender fields and historical cities. One of the best ways to truly get a taste of what the South of France offers is to follow a thorough itinerary for 10 days.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Southern France a few times, and I consider it one of my favorite vacation areas in Europe. I love how it boasts a more laid-back lifestyle than other parts of the country. There is also something for everyone to enjoy in this area of Europe!

If you plan on following a general French summer travel guide and want to stay longer in Provence and the Côte d’Azur, follow this 10-day South of France itinerary!

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South of France Itinerary for 10 Days

Best Way to Get Around for a South of France Trip:

A woman enjoying a day at Verdon Gorge in Provence.

When following a South of France itinerary for 10 days, it’s best to fly into Marseille Provence Airport and depart from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. Since both airports are not major international airport hubs, you’ll likely have a stopover in cities like Paris, Brussels, London, etc. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

Overall, following a South of France itinerary by train is easy, especially if you’re hopping from the bigger cities and popular towns. However, if you plan to explore the lavender fields in the French countryside and adventure through the Calanques without doing an organized tour, it’s best to get a rental car.

The SNCF is the French national railway company and the TGV train is high-speed. When taking public transport around Europe, it’s best to download the Omio app. I always use Omio when I travel around France. It lets you map your trips, compare schedules, book tickets and more.

When renting a car in France, you must have an international driver’s permit and your regular license. If you live in the U.S., you can easily obtain one by visiting your local AAA office.

South of France Weather by Month during the Summer:

A woman enjoying the lavender fields in Provence, France.

It’s no secret that one of the best times of year to visit Southern France is during the summer months. This is when you can enjoy the azure waters, go wine tasting outdoors, do a few hikes and wander aimlessly through the villages.

Below are the average temperatures in the South of France by month. (The information below is based on the average weather for Nice, France.)

  • May: Average highs are in the upper 60s°F, and average lows are in the upper 50s°, with around four days of precipitation.
  • June: Average highs are in the mid 70s°F, and average lows are in the mid 60s°F, with around three days of precipitation.
  • July: Average highs are in the lower 80s°F, and average lows are in the lower 70s°F, with around one day of precipitation.
  • August: Average highs are in the lower 80s°F, and average lows are in the lower 70s°F, with around two days of precipitation.
  • September: Average highs are in the mid 70s°F, and average lows are in the mid 60s°F, with around three days of precipitation.

Ultimate South of France Itinerary for 10 Days

A woman enjoying a beautiful summer day in Nice, France.

Since Provence and the French Riviera are two of the best places to visit during the summertime, planning ahead and booking accommodations, transportation, restaurant reservations and excursions in advance is essential, especially during high season.

Whether solo traveling, on a romantic French getaway, doing a family vacation or enjoying a girl’s/guy’s trip, discover the best itinerary for the South of France.

Day 1: Arrive in Marseille and Explore the City

A woman exploring the city of Marseille during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

When following a South of France itinerary for 10 days, it’s best to fly into and start your journey in Marseille. Founded by the Greeks, it’s the oldest city in France. Marseille is also France’s second-largest metropolis and has the country’s biggest port.

After arriving in Marseille, France, check into your accommodation and settle in. Below are the best hotels in Marseille based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu

Boutique Accommodation: Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites – Marseille Vieux Port

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Marseille Vieux Port

Budget Accommodation: Vertigo Vieux-Port

Marseille also has a plethora of rental properties.

Once you’re settled in, one of the best first things to do in Marseille is to stroll through the Vieux Port and see the historical sites. Of course, the start of a French trip is incomplete without grabbing a coffee and croissant at a café. The best place to fuel up after your long flight is DEEP.

Marseille’s Vieux Port features stunning sailboats, mega yachts and fishing boats. During the summer, there are market stalls where you can purchase handmade jewelry, accessories, paintings, trinkets and more. As you stroll around, you can also witness talented street performers.

As you stroll around the Vieux Port, you can check out the MuCEM (Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean) or The Marseille Soap Museum and admire beautiful views at Fort Saint-Jean and Parc du Pharo, which is by the 1858 Palais du Pharo. Don’t miss out on also seeing the neo-Byzantine Cathédrale La Major.

An excellent restaurant to enjoy lunch at is L’Entrecôte du Port. It’s located off of Vieux Port and you can savor delicious French staples like tuna and steak tartare with frites.

In the afternoon, wander through Le Panier, the oldest district and one of the most charming areas of Marseille. This neighborhood boasts pastel-colored buildings with talented street art, vintage cafés, boutique shops and more.

A summer day in Le Panier is incomplete without enjoying a drink at the luxurious InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu. It features an outdoor bar overlooking Vieux Port, where you can admire some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

One of Marseille’s staple dishes is bouillabaisse, a seafood stew. During your first evening in Marseille, you must savor bouillabaisse at Chez Fon Fon, located on the water. You won’t be disappointed!  

Day 2: Adventure around the Calanques

The Calanques during summer.

Adventuring around Parc National des Calanques is one of the most underrated things to do in the South of France.

Overall, the Calanques are rocky coves made of limestone found in the Mediterranean Sea. There are 26 Calanques in the National Park and they boast stunning beaches, turquoise waters with incredible sealife and excellent hiking trails.

There are a few ways to explore the Calanques – by car or through an organized tour. Please note that some Calanques are only accessible via a boat ride or hiking!

Before heading out to the Calanques, fuel up to a delicious breakfast at Deïa Coffee & Kitchen in Marseille.

If you’re looking for a great challenge in Calanques National Park, I suggest doing one of the Marseilleveyre trails to the summit or the Cap Canaille trail. It’s one of the most unique things to add to your South of France itinerary for 10 days during summer.

One of the top hikes is The Massif de Marseille from Pastré. It’s a 6.3-mile challenging loop hike near Marseille that will take four hours to complete. On this trail, you’ll not only hike to the summit of the Calanques at 1,424 feet, but you’ll also experience incredible views of the sea, spot wildlife and get a great workout.

Cap Canaille is another excellent hike during your adventurous day in Calanques National Park. It’s a challenging 8.7-mile, out-and-back trail that starts in La Ciotat. This is a wonderful hike if you’re looking to gain elevation and enjoy natural beauty. It also offers panoramic views, making it perfect for photo opportunities.

An incredible moderate hike leading to one of the most beautiful beaches is Calanque d’En Vau, a 4.1-mile, out-and-back trail near Cassis. When planning to spend time at the beach, I suggest visiting a market or grocery store to pick up lunch, water, snacks, etc., because there is no restaurant here. I also recommend bringing a backpack that fits a beach towel, swimsuit, change of clothes, etc.

Situated outside Calanques National Park is Restaurant Chez Zé. It’s a gem in the Marseille area that offers delicious Italian food in a romantic outdoor patio setting. (Please note that this restaurant is located down the road from a prison, but don’t let that turn you off—it’s a great local restaurant with incredible food.)

Many people don’t think of including a visit to the Calanques in their 10-day itinerary for France, but it’s a gem that everyone enjoys if they plan a visit or sign up for a guided tour during their time in the Southern part of the country.

Day 3: Arrive in Avignon and Wander through the Medieval Town

The Palace of Popes in Avignon, France.

A trip to the South of France is incomplete without visiting Provence and the best place to base yourself in this region is in the Medieval town of Avignon. What was once the seat of the Catholic Popes, Avignon, is a fortified smaller city along the Rhône River.

The best time to visit Provence is undoubtedly mid-June through early August when the lavender fields are in bloom, but if you can’t make it to France during that time, you will still have a magical experience any other time during the warmer months.

If you take public transportation, you can ride the train directly from Marseille-Saint-Charles station to Avignon TGV. It takes around 40 minutes to get from Marseille to Avignon via train. It’ll also be a little over an hour for those driving to get from each city.

When you first arrive in Avignon, check into your accommodation before you begin to explore. Below are the best hotels in Avignon based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hôtel La Mirande

Boutique Accommodation: La Divine Comédie

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hôtel Central Avignon

Budget Accommodation: YMCA Avignon

Avignon also has many rental properties to choose from.

One of the best places to visit for lunch in Avignon, France is Cuisine Centr’Halles, a market hall. What’s cool about having lunch here is that you can feel like you’re outside with the eco-friendly plant wall. At Centr’Halles, you can savor fresh fish, cheeses, wine, pastries, etc. You can also take a cooking class at this spot.

After lunch, tour the Palais des Papes, also known as the Palace of Popes. As the name implies, this is where past Popes used to live! Around this palace are beautiful chapels, Gothic details and breathtaking stained glass windows.

When you’re finished walking through the Palace of Popes, head over to the Pont d’Avignon. This famous bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was part of the pilgrimage route between Italy and Spain during the Middle Ages. Built during the heart of the Holy Roman Empire, the Pont d’Avignon only has four arches remaining, making it a half-bridge.

It can get hot in Avignon during summer, so one of the best things to do in the afternoon is visit the shaded Parc Rocher des Doms and cool off with an aperitif or glace (ice cream). Later, stroll the narrow streets and enjoy great shopping.

In the evening, appreciate an authentic French bistro dinner at La Fourchette, located near the Palace of Popes.

Day 4: Enjoy a Day Trip to the Lavender Fields of Provence

A woman enjoying the lavender fields in Valensole, Provence.

A South of France itinerary for 10 days during summer is incomplete without seeing the lavender fields. You can either sign up for one of the guided minivan tours to see the lavender or take your rental car to explore the magical fields on your own.

Even though you can see lavender in Provence from mid-June through early August, peak bloom usually occurs from late June into early July. During this period, getting to the fields, especially those in Valensole, in the early morning is imperative, especially if you don’t want to deal with heavy crowds! It takes around an hour and 35 minutes to drive from Avignon to Valensole, making it a perfect first stop.

Depending on the timing, you can do a full-day or half-day tour of the lavender fields in Provence. I recommend spending the full day in the countryside to see all the pretty lavender fields and explore the charming villages nearby. Discover a more in-depth Provence itinerary.

Valensole is famous for its beautiful landscapes. In fact, it’s where the endless fields of lavender are located. It’s one of the best places to get photos with the lavender and during peak bloom, you will be amazed!

The top lavender farms to visit in Valensole are Le Grandes Marges, Terraroma Lavande Amandes, Lavender Angelvin and Puimisson Lavender. It’s free to visit these farms, but if you want to purchase lavender or any products, they are an added cost.

When you’re finished exploring the lavender fields in Valensole, head into the charming town to enjoy a coffee, croissant, sandwich, etc., while also visiting the small shops. Le Palais d’Or is a great place to visit for baked goods and lavender ice cream.

From Valensole, drive an hour and 15 minutes to the charming Provençal town of Bonnieux in the Luberon Valley. Not only can you see more lavender fields in Bonnieux, but you must also explore the quiet hilltop village, which features a bakery museum, great restaurants, shops and plenty of photo opportunities.

A woman visiting the ochre-colored town of Roussillon in Provence during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

The next stop on your Provence tour must be the ochre-colored village of Roussillon, which is only a 15-minute drive from Bonnieux.

Like Bonnieux, you can see lavender fields in Roussillon, which is also located on a hill with lovely boutiques, restaurants, cafés, etc. (A great place for lunch is La Grappe de Raisin.) This village is unique because it features red ochre cliffs called the Sentier des Ocres that you can hike through.

The Medieval village of Gordes should be the last stop during your Provence day trip. Before visiting the small village, tour the stunning Abbaye Notre Dame de Senanqué. It’s around a 20-minute drive from Roussillon to this picturesque abbey.

In the late afternoon into the evening, enjoy the little village of Gordes. It’s one of the most well-known destinations in Provence and has hosted celebrities to top CEOs over the years.

The charming town of Gordes in Provence, France.

Overall, Gordes is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. Its history dates back to Roman times and ancient ruins can be found in the surrounding area.

Some of the best things to do in Gordes are to enjoy the renowned restaurants, walk through the market, tour the 11th-century Château de Gordes and explore Les Caves du Palais Saint-Firmin, a set of caves. Don’t forget to enjoy dinner with a view at L’Orangerie at Airelles La Bastide.

It takes around 45 minutes to drive from Gordes back to Avignon.

Day 5: Have a Fun Day in the Sun at Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon during summertime.

A South of France trip itinerary for 10 days during a European summer vacation cannot exclude visiting Gorges du Verdon during your road trip from Provence to Nice.

After checking out of your accommodation in Avignon, go to Cuisine et Comptoir for a delicious breakfast before hitting the road.

It will take around two hours and 10 minutes to drive from Avignon to Verdon Gorge. Before enjoying the aqua waters, I recommend hiking in Verdon Regional Nature Park because the views are outstanding!

One of the easiest hikes in Verdon Regional Nature Park is Sillans Waterfall. It’s a 2.3-mile loop trail that takes around an hour to complete. The gem of this hike is seeing the Cascade de Sillans, one of the most captivating waterfalls in France.

A great moderate hike is the Lower Gorges du Verdon. It’s a 6.1-mile loop trail that takes around two hours and 45 minutes to complete. This trail will take you into the Gorges du Verdon, Europe’s largest canyon.

The Col des Lèques —Les Cadières de Brandis is a challenging hike that takes you to the dolomitic ridge, which features iconic rock formations over 4,900 feet above sea level. It’s a 5-mile loop trail that takes three hours to complete.

After the hike, a great way to treat yourself is to head down to the Plage du Galetas to relax at the lakeside beach. In the same area, you can rent paddleboats to take around the Lac de Sainte-Croix and capture beautiful photographs from the iconic Pont du Galetas. Overall, visiting Gorges du Verdon is a highlight when traveling around Provence.

Please note that there aren’t many restaurants in the Gorges du Verdon area, so I encourage you to bring your own lunch and snacks.

A woman at Château d'Esclans in Provence.

If you have extra time, treat yourself to rosé wine tasting at Chateau d’Esclans in the countryside of La Motte, northeast of St. Tropez. (It’s an hour’s drive from Pont du Galetas at Verdon Gorge to the chateau.) This fantastic location produces the famous Whispering Angel rosé!

Not only is Chateau d’Esclans the perfect place for wine tasting, but it’s also ideal for pictures. Please remember that the owner still lives in the chateau, so you cannot go inside, take a tour or even snap photos in front of the building.

For rosè lovers, you’ll enjoy a wonderful tasting while learning about the production process of these refreshing Provençal wines.

From Chateau d’Esclans, it’s a little over an hour’s drive to get to Nice. After settling into your hotel, enjoy a delicious meal in the Old Town. An excellent Italian restaurant in Nice to have dinner at is La Voglia.

Day 6: Wake Up in Nice and Explore the City

A woman in Nice, France during summer.

Nice is one of my favorite European cities and should be added to your itinerary for 10 days in the South of France.

Overall, Nice is one of the most popular destinations along the French Riviera and is the fifth-largest city in France. For many years, Nice has attracted world-renowned artists and it originally got its name from the Greek victory called Nike.

During your time in Nice, France, enjoy its historic Old Town, relax along the pebbly shores, get lost in the colorful streets and enjoy the spectacular views along the promenade.

Below are the best hotels in Nice based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel Boscolo Exedra Nice

Boutique Accommodation: Hotel Azur Riviera

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel de France

Budget Accommodation: Villa Saint Exupery Beach

Nice also has many rental properties to choose from.

Head to Café Marché to enjoy a delicious breakfast when you first wake up. After your meal, wander through the colorful streets of Nice’s Vielle Ville, the Old Town. As you meander through these charming streets, walk through the shops, markets, bakeries and art galleries.

Monday is market day in Nice. At the Cours Saley Market, you can buy fresh produce, flowers, food and more. There is also a special antique market where you can purchase souvenirs, trinkets, artwork and home décor.

Another great place to shop in Nice is the Place Masséna, where you’ll find many different clothing and jewelry stores. Also located in this area is the Magasin Galeries Lafayette, which boasts high-end fashion retail stores.

As you continue to wander around the city center, you must stop at one of the many museums. The top museums to visit are the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC), Villa Masséna Musée and the Musée Matisse.

Nice also has beautiful churches to admire, such as the Cathédrale Sainte – Réparate and Cathédrale Saint – Nicolas a Nice.

A great spot for lunch or an afternoon snack is the Place Rossetti, which is in front of the Cathédrale Saint—Réparate. Since a trip to France is incomplete without having a crêpe, you must enjoy one from Le Kalice. This square also has fantastic wine bars, ice cream shops and restaurants.

You must climb Castle Hill in the late afternoon to watch the sunset. Situated 300 feet above the city, Castle Hill once held a Citadel used between the 11th and 18th Centuries. After being destroyed in the early 18th Century, the only thing left of the fortress is its ruins, located at the top of the hill.

A great way to get to Castle Hill is by climbing the steps, which are accessible from the Promenade des Anglais. Please keep in mind that there are a lot of stairs to climb, so don’t forget water! There is also an elevator to take people to the top of the hill.

Later in the evening, enjoy a delicious seafood dinner overlooking the magical Nice port. The best restaurant to eat at is Les Pêcheurs.

Day 7: Relax at the Beach in Nice and Visit Villefranche-sur-Mer

A woman enjoying one of the beach clubs in Nice during a South of France itinerary for 10 days in the summer.

On your second day in Nice, enjoy a lovely brunch at Garden Café. From there, walk off your meal along the Promenade des Anglais, which offers a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Coast.

I recommend enjoying a full beach day on your second day in Nice. The beach area is breathtaking and offers incredible clubs!

Along the coast in Nice, there are many beach club options, but my personal favorite is Opéra Plage. Here, you can appreciate awesome beach service facing the crystalline Mediterranean Sea and savor delicious food and drinks straight from your lounge chair and umbrella.

The other great beach clubs in Nice, France are Castel Plage, Ruhl Plage, Blue Beach Club and Plage Beau Rivage Beach Club. This famous French Riviera city also has a public beach if you prefer to save money.  

In the evening, take the train from Nice Ville to Villefranche-sur-Mer train station, which is only a six-minute journey. Since Villefranche-sur-Mer is within walking distance from Nice Old Town, you can also walk 4 miles from the city center to the charming small town if you’re looking for a great workout.

The charming village of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is the perfect town to get lost in. This French Riviera gem has colorful buildings, wine bars, scenic beaches and lovely shops.

One of the first places to visit is La Grande Cave Villefranche. It’s a quaint wine bar located on the side of a staircase leading up to the top of the village. You can enjoy incredible French wines and also savor a cheese plate.

A fantastic restaurant to enjoy dinner in Villefranche-sur-Mer is La Belle Etoile, a French restaurant in the heart of the Old Town.

Day 8: Do a Day Trip to St. Tropez and Cannes

St. Tropez during summer.

A French Riviera itinerary must include a day in St. Tropez! This coastal town in the South of France is famous for its trendy beach clubs, luxury resorts, exciting nightlife, mega yachts and renowned restaurants.

Unfortunately, there is no train station in St. Tropez, so you’ll either have to rent a car or take the train to St-Raphaël-Valescure and then haul a taxi from there. It’s an hour-and a-half drive from Nice to St. Tropez, as well as if you take the train and taxi via St-Raphaël-Valescure.

Many celebrities flock to St. Tropez, so don’t be surprised if you see someone famous at one of the beaches or nightclubs. Adding St. Tropez to your itinerary will ensure you and your friends have a blast during your 10 days in the South of France!

Since this glitzy French town is the birthplace of beach clubs, you must visit Le Club 55, Nikki Beach, Tahiti Beach, La Serena Ramatuelle or Jardin Tropezina. What’s nice about these beach clubs is that you can party, eat, drink, relax and swim all in one spot.

Other great things to do in St. Tropez are visiting the Citadelle de Saint-Tropez, strolling around the picturesque harbor and shopping in the Marché de Saint-Tropez.

Later in the day, head over to Cannes. This buzzing city is famous for the international Cannes Film Festival (which takes place in May), as well as its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.

It’s best to drive from St. Tropez to Cannes, which takes only an hour. Alternatively, with public transit, take the ferry from the coastal town back to St-Raphaël-Valescure and then hop on the train to Cannes. The latter option will take two hours and provides a scenic route along the Mediterranean coast.

During your evening in Cannes, stroll along the La Croisette, which is filled with casinos, A-list restaurants, beach clubs and beautiful views. You must also walk through the Marché Forville and the historical churches. A fabulous option for dinner is La Toque d’Or, which features traditional Provençal cuisine.

It’s around a 35-minute drive from Cannes back to Nice and 40 minutes via train.

Day 9: Experience Menton, Monaco and Èze from Nice

A woman visiting the colorful town of Menton during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

A South of France itinerary for 10 days is incomplete without visiting the Medieval villages and towns along the Riviera, along with Monaco.

What’s lovely about basing yourself in Nice when vacationing along the French Riviera is that you can easily take the train to different locations along the coast. When choosing where to visit from Nice, I recommend first stopping in Menton, since it’s the furthest from the city, followed by Monaco and Èze. These are the best day trips from Nice to enjoy while following a South of France itinerary by train.

It’s a 35-minute train ride from Nice Ville to Menton train station. Menton is considered the pearl of the French Riviera and is located near the Italian border, which is why it resembles a coastal village in Italy.

The best things to do in Menton are to visit the 17th-century Basilica Saint-Michel-Archange, relax at the Plage des Sablettes, enjoy a delicious meal, visit the Jean Cocteau Museum, and admire the Le Val Rahmeh-Menton Garden. When you arrive in Menton in the morning, Vanilla Bakery is a great spot to enjoy coffee, omelets, pastries and more.

From Menton, take a 10-minute train ride to Monaco. What’s cool about visiting Monaco during your South of France trip is that you can say you’re in another country! In fact, Monaco is the second smallest country in the world after Vatican City.

Visiting Monaco during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

The Monte Carlo Casino is one of Monaco’s main attractions and a must-see during your visit. While there, admire the stunning interior, play some French Roulette and enjoy the casino bar.

Monaco is also famous for the Grand Prix, which takes place in May. It’s an F1 motor racing event held annually. During this event, celebrities from all over the world travel to Monaco to see this fascinating race. You can still see the tracks even if you travel to Monaco when the race isn’t happening!

For all nature lovers visiting Monaco, you must explore the Jardin Japonais (Japanese garden), Princess Grace Rose Garden (botanical garden) and Les Jardins Saint-Martin. A fun place to have lunch is Nobu Monte Carlo, located at the Fairmont.

The charming town of Èze.

During your last evening, enjoy a peaceful and relaxing time in the stunning seaside town of Èze. It will transport you straight into a storybook! (The train ride from Monaco to Èze is only six minutes.)

What makes Èze unique are its stoned houses, gardens, picturesque streets and stunning beach. While in Èze, stroll through the town, wander into the local shops, walk into the Eglise d’Èze and explore the Le Jardin Exotique.

The best restaurant to eat at during your last night in the South of France is Château Eza, located at a gorgeous hotel. Serving Mediterranean cuisine, this restaurant has jaw-dropping views and boasts a romantic atmosphere.

The train ride from Èze back to Nice is 15 minutes.

Day 10: Fly Home from Nice

A woman exploring the streets of Old Town Nice, France.

On your final day, head to Nice Airport to fly home. If you wish to continue your trip, you can visit the Burgundy wine region, explore the Italian Riviera or spend a few days in Paris.


A woman in the lavender fields of Valensole during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

Here are other itineraries and travel guides to help you expand your trip from the French Riviera.

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I hope you all enjoyed following this South of France itinerary for 10 days. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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12 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on March 27, 2024 at 11:19 pm

    Such a beautiful blog on the south of France ~ the architecture, beaches, lavender fields, etc. are all stunning landscapes through out the French Riviera. The towns have colorful homes, beautiful cathedrals, and castles. Loved the Monte Carlo casino! So beautiful ~ such a great guide on what to see on a 10 day awesome iteniary! Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences at this beautiful country ~ can’t wait to visit the gorgeous south of France. Your photography is so beautiful and brings your blog to life. I felt like I was at the French Riviera! Love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on March 28, 2024 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you mom! It’s one of my favorite places! Love you too!

  2. Steph on March 28, 2024 at 11:02 am

    Great blog! Make me want to go back!

    • Taylor Deer on March 28, 2024 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you Steph! It’s definitely a special place. 🙂

  3. anukrati on April 13, 2024 at 2:03 am

    OMG! This looks exotic. It is always amazing to see the beauty all around the world. I anyway love reading your guides. They are always so detailed, and it feels like I am already at the destination exploring.

    • Taylor Deer on April 14, 2024 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much Anukrati! That means a lot to me. The South of France is absolutely beautiful. 🙂

  4. Sharyn McCullum on April 13, 2024 at 7:17 am

    I love the South of France, it is probably my favourite part of France. Thanks for the reminder of why I love it so.

    • Taylor Deer on April 14, 2024 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you! It truly is a special place. 🙂

  5. Meghan on April 13, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    This is one of my dream trips! This honestly looks like such a fun trip with a mix of beautiful places and relaxation along the coast… Will have to get there soon!!!!

    • Taylor Deer on April 14, 2024 at 10:15 pm

      Yes, you would love Provence and the French Riviera so much! It truly is a special part of Europe! 🙂

  6. Angie Newton on May 1, 2024 at 10:57 am

    WOW looks like an amazing time. We have never been to France but this makes me want to go. Anywhere with beaches and water calls to us. Beautiful photos!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2024 at 5:57 pm

      You definitely have to! It’s such a beautiful country with so much to offer. 🙂

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A woman enjoying a beach day in the South of France.

The South of France is one of the best European summer destinations. During the warmer months, this area of France amazes travelers with its beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean Sea, charming small towns, endless lavender fields and historical cities. One of the best ways to truly get a taste of what the South of France offers is to follow a thorough itinerary for 10 days.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit Southern France a few times, and I consider it one of my favorite vacation areas in Europe. I love how it boasts a more laid-back lifestyle than other parts of the country. There is also something for everyone to enjoy in this area of Europe!

If you plan on following a general French summer travel guide and want to stay longer in Provence and the Côte d’Azur, follow this 10-day South of France itinerary!

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South of France Itinerary for 10 Days

Best Way to Get Around for a South of France Trip:

A woman enjoying a day at Verdon Gorge in Provence.

When following a South of France itinerary for 10 days, it’s best to fly into Marseille Provence Airport and depart from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. Since both airports are not major international airport hubs, you’ll likely have a stopover in cities like Paris, Brussels, London, etc. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

Overall, following a South of France itinerary by train is easy, especially if you’re hopping from the bigger cities and popular towns. However, if you plan to explore the lavender fields in the French countryside and adventure through the Calanques without doing an organized tour, it’s best to get a rental car.

The SNCF is the French national railway company and the TGV train is high-speed. When taking public transport around Europe, it’s best to download the Omio app. I always use Omio when I travel around France. It lets you map your trips, compare schedules, book tickets and more.

When renting a car in France, you must have an international driver’s permit and your regular license. If you live in the U.S., you can easily obtain one by visiting your local AAA office.

South of France Weather by Month during the Summer:

A woman enjoying the lavender fields in Provence, France.

It’s no secret that one of the best times of year to visit Southern France is during the summer months. This is when you can enjoy the azure waters, go wine tasting outdoors, do a few hikes and wander aimlessly through the villages.

Below are the average temperatures in the South of France by month. (The information below is based on the average weather for Nice, France.)

  • May: Average highs are in the upper 60s°F, and average lows are in the upper 50s°, with around four days of precipitation.
  • June: Average highs are in the mid 70s°F, and average lows are in the mid 60s°F, with around three days of precipitation.
  • July: Average highs are in the lower 80s°F, and average lows are in the lower 70s°F, with around one day of precipitation.
  • August: Average highs are in the lower 80s°F, and average lows are in the lower 70s°F, with around two days of precipitation.
  • September: Average highs are in the mid 70s°F, and average lows are in the mid 60s°F, with around three days of precipitation.

Ultimate South of France Itinerary for 10 Days

A woman enjoying a beautiful summer day in Nice, France.

Since Provence and the French Riviera are two of the best places to visit during the summertime, planning ahead and booking accommodations, transportation, restaurant reservations and excursions in advance is essential, especially during high season.

Whether solo traveling, on a romantic French getaway, doing a family vacation or enjoying a girl’s/guy’s trip, discover the best itinerary for the South of France.

Day 1: Arrive in Marseille and Explore the City

A woman exploring the city of Marseille during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

When following a South of France itinerary for 10 days, it’s best to fly into and start your journey in Marseille. Founded by the Greeks, it’s the oldest city in France. Marseille is also France’s second-largest metropolis and has the country’s biggest port.

After arriving in Marseille, France, check into your accommodation and settle in. Below are the best hotels in Marseille based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu

Boutique Accommodation: Maisons du Monde Hôtel & Suites – Marseille Vieux Port

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel Marseille Vieux Port

Budget Accommodation: Vertigo Vieux-Port

Marseille also has a plethora of rental properties.

Once you’re settled in, one of the best first things to do in Marseille is to stroll through the Vieux Port and see the historical sites. Of course, the start of a French trip is incomplete without grabbing a coffee and croissant at a café. The best place to fuel up after your long flight is DEEP.

Marseille’s Vieux Port features stunning sailboats, mega yachts and fishing boats. During the summer, there are market stalls where you can purchase handmade jewelry, accessories, paintings, trinkets and more. As you stroll around, you can also witness talented street performers.

As you stroll around the Vieux Port, you can check out the MuCEM (Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean) or The Marseille Soap Museum and admire beautiful views at Fort Saint-Jean and Parc du Pharo, which is by the 1858 Palais du Pharo. Don’t miss out on also seeing the neo-Byzantine Cathédrale La Major.

An excellent restaurant to enjoy lunch at is L’Entrecôte du Port. It’s located off of Vieux Port and you can savor delicious French staples like tuna and steak tartare with frites.

In the afternoon, wander through Le Panier, the oldest district and one of the most charming areas of Marseille. This neighborhood boasts pastel-colored buildings with talented street art, vintage cafés, boutique shops and more.

A summer day in Le Panier is incomplete without enjoying a drink at the luxurious InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu. It features an outdoor bar overlooking Vieux Port, where you can admire some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

One of Marseille’s staple dishes is bouillabaisse, a seafood stew. During your first evening in Marseille, you must savor bouillabaisse at Chez Fon Fon, located on the water. You won’t be disappointed!  

Day 2: Adventure around the Calanques

The Calanques during summer.

Adventuring around Parc National des Calanques is one of the most underrated things to do in the South of France.

Overall, the Calanques are rocky coves made of limestone found in the Mediterranean Sea. There are 26 Calanques in the National Park and they boast stunning beaches, turquoise waters with incredible sealife and excellent hiking trails.

There are a few ways to explore the Calanques – by car or through an organized tour. Please note that some Calanques are only accessible via a boat ride or hiking!

Before heading out to the Calanques, fuel up to a delicious breakfast at Deïa Coffee & Kitchen in Marseille.

If you’re looking for a great challenge in Calanques National Park, I suggest doing one of the Marseilleveyre trails to the summit or the Cap Canaille trail. It’s one of the most unique things to add to your South of France itinerary for 10 days during summer.

One of the top hikes is The Massif de Marseille from Pastré. It’s a 6.3-mile challenging loop hike near Marseille that will take four hours to complete. On this trail, you’ll not only hike to the summit of the Calanques at 1,424 feet, but you’ll also experience incredible views of the sea, spot wildlife and get a great workout.

Cap Canaille is another excellent hike during your adventurous day in Calanques National Park. It’s a challenging 8.7-mile, out-and-back trail that starts in La Ciotat. This is a wonderful hike if you’re looking to gain elevation and enjoy natural beauty. It also offers panoramic views, making it perfect for photo opportunities.

An incredible moderate hike leading to one of the most beautiful beaches is Calanque d’En Vau, a 4.1-mile, out-and-back trail near Cassis. When planning to spend time at the beach, I suggest visiting a market or grocery store to pick up lunch, water, snacks, etc., because there is no restaurant here. I also recommend bringing a backpack that fits a beach towel, swimsuit, change of clothes, etc.

Situated outside Calanques National Park is Restaurant Chez Zé. It’s a gem in the Marseille area that offers delicious Italian food in a romantic outdoor patio setting. (Please note that this restaurant is located down the road from a prison, but don’t let that turn you off—it’s a great local restaurant with incredible food.)

Many people don’t think of including a visit to the Calanques in their 10-day itinerary for France, but it’s a gem that everyone enjoys if they plan a visit or sign up for a guided tour during their time in the Southern part of the country.

Day 3: Arrive in Avignon and Wander through the Medieval Town

The Palace of Popes in Avignon, France.

A trip to the South of France is incomplete without visiting Provence and the best place to base yourself in this region is in the Medieval town of Avignon. What was once the seat of the Catholic Popes, Avignon, is a fortified smaller city along the Rhône River.

The best time to visit Provence is undoubtedly mid-June through early August when the lavender fields are in bloom, but if you can’t make it to France during that time, you will still have a magical experience any other time during the warmer months.

If you take public transportation, you can ride the train directly from Marseille-Saint-Charles station to Avignon TGV. It takes around 40 minutes to get from Marseille to Avignon via train. It’ll also be a little over an hour for those driving to get from each city.

When you first arrive in Avignon, check into your accommodation before you begin to explore. Below are the best hotels in Avignon based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hôtel La Mirande

Boutique Accommodation: La Divine Comédie

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hôtel Central Avignon

Budget Accommodation: YMCA Avignon

Avignon also has many rental properties to choose from.

One of the best places to visit for lunch in Avignon, France is Cuisine Centr’Halles, a market hall. What’s cool about having lunch here is that you can feel like you’re outside with the eco-friendly plant wall. At Centr’Halles, you can savor fresh fish, cheeses, wine, pastries, etc. You can also take a cooking class at this spot.

After lunch, tour the Palais des Papes, also known as the Palace of Popes. As the name implies, this is where past Popes used to live! Around this palace are beautiful chapels, Gothic details and breathtaking stained glass windows.

When you’re finished walking through the Palace of Popes, head over to the Pont d’Avignon. This famous bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was part of the pilgrimage route between Italy and Spain during the Middle Ages. Built during the heart of the Holy Roman Empire, the Pont d’Avignon only has four arches remaining, making it a half-bridge.

It can get hot in Avignon during summer, so one of the best things to do in the afternoon is visit the shaded Parc Rocher des Doms and cool off with an aperitif or glace (ice cream). Later, stroll the narrow streets and enjoy great shopping.

In the evening, appreciate an authentic French bistro dinner at La Fourchette, located near the Palace of Popes.

Day 4: Enjoy a Day Trip to the Lavender Fields of Provence

A woman enjoying the lavender fields in Valensole, Provence.

A South of France itinerary for 10 days during summer is incomplete without seeing the lavender fields. You can either sign up for one of the guided minivan tours to see the lavender or take your rental car to explore the magical fields on your own.

Even though you can see lavender in Provence from mid-June through early August, peak bloom usually occurs from late June into early July. During this period, getting to the fields, especially those in Valensole, in the early morning is imperative, especially if you don’t want to deal with heavy crowds! It takes around an hour and 35 minutes to drive from Avignon to Valensole, making it a perfect first stop.

Depending on the timing, you can do a full-day or half-day tour of the lavender fields in Provence. I recommend spending the full day in the countryside to see all the pretty lavender fields and explore the charming villages nearby. Discover a more in-depth Provence itinerary.

Valensole is famous for its beautiful landscapes. In fact, it’s where the endless fields of lavender are located. It’s one of the best places to get photos with the lavender and during peak bloom, you will be amazed!

The top lavender farms to visit in Valensole are Le Grandes Marges, Terraroma Lavande Amandes, Lavender Angelvin and Puimisson Lavender. It’s free to visit these farms, but if you want to purchase lavender or any products, they are an added cost.

When you’re finished exploring the lavender fields in Valensole, head into the charming town to enjoy a coffee, croissant, sandwich, etc., while also visiting the small shops. Le Palais d’Or is a great place to visit for baked goods and lavender ice cream.

From Valensole, drive an hour and 15 minutes to the charming Provençal town of Bonnieux in the Luberon Valley. Not only can you see more lavender fields in Bonnieux, but you must also explore the quiet hilltop village, which features a bakery museum, great restaurants, shops and plenty of photo opportunities.

A woman visiting the ochre-colored town of Roussillon in Provence during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

The next stop on your Provence tour must be the ochre-colored village of Roussillon, which is only a 15-minute drive from Bonnieux.

Like Bonnieux, you can see lavender fields in Roussillon, which is also located on a hill with lovely boutiques, restaurants, cafés, etc. (A great place for lunch is La Grappe de Raisin.) This village is unique because it features red ochre cliffs called the Sentier des Ocres that you can hike through.

The Medieval village of Gordes should be the last stop during your Provence day trip. Before visiting the small village, tour the stunning Abbaye Notre Dame de Senanqué. It’s around a 20-minute drive from Roussillon to this picturesque abbey.

In the late afternoon into the evening, enjoy the little village of Gordes. It’s one of the most well-known destinations in Provence and has hosted celebrities to top CEOs over the years.

The charming town of Gordes in Provence, France.

Overall, Gordes is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. Its history dates back to Roman times and ancient ruins can be found in the surrounding area.

Some of the best things to do in Gordes are to enjoy the renowned restaurants, walk through the market, tour the 11th-century Château de Gordes and explore Les Caves du Palais Saint-Firmin, a set of caves. Don’t forget to enjoy dinner with a view at L’Orangerie at Airelles La Bastide.

It takes around 45 minutes to drive from Gordes back to Avignon.

Day 5: Have a Fun Day in the Sun at Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon during summertime.

A South of France trip itinerary for 10 days during a European summer vacation cannot exclude visiting Gorges du Verdon during your road trip from Provence to Nice.

After checking out of your accommodation in Avignon, go to Cuisine et Comptoir for a delicious breakfast before hitting the road.

It will take around two hours and 10 minutes to drive from Avignon to Verdon Gorge. Before enjoying the aqua waters, I recommend hiking in Verdon Regional Nature Park because the views are outstanding!

One of the easiest hikes in Verdon Regional Nature Park is Sillans Waterfall. It’s a 2.3-mile loop trail that takes around an hour to complete. The gem of this hike is seeing the Cascade de Sillans, one of the most captivating waterfalls in France.

A great moderate hike is the Lower Gorges du Verdon. It’s a 6.1-mile loop trail that takes around two hours and 45 minutes to complete. This trail will take you into the Gorges du Verdon, Europe’s largest canyon.

The Col des Lèques —Les Cadières de Brandis is a challenging hike that takes you to the dolomitic ridge, which features iconic rock formations over 4,900 feet above sea level. It’s a 5-mile loop trail that takes three hours to complete.

After the hike, a great way to treat yourself is to head down to the Plage du Galetas to relax at the lakeside beach. In the same area, you can rent paddleboats to take around the Lac de Sainte-Croix and capture beautiful photographs from the iconic Pont du Galetas. Overall, visiting Gorges du Verdon is a highlight when traveling around Provence.

Please note that there aren’t many restaurants in the Gorges du Verdon area, so I encourage you to bring your own lunch and snacks.

A woman at Château d'Esclans in Provence.

If you have extra time, treat yourself to rosé wine tasting at Chateau d’Esclans in the countryside of La Motte, northeast of St. Tropez. (It’s an hour’s drive from Pont du Galetas at Verdon Gorge to the chateau.) This fantastic location produces the famous Whispering Angel rosé!

Not only is Chateau d’Esclans the perfect place for wine tasting, but it’s also ideal for pictures. Please remember that the owner still lives in the chateau, so you cannot go inside, take a tour or even snap photos in front of the building.

For rosè lovers, you’ll enjoy a wonderful tasting while learning about the production process of these refreshing Provençal wines.

From Chateau d’Esclans, it’s a little over an hour’s drive to get to Nice. After settling into your hotel, enjoy a delicious meal in the Old Town. An excellent Italian restaurant in Nice to have dinner at is La Voglia.

Day 6: Wake Up in Nice and Explore the City

A woman in Nice, France during summer.

Nice is one of my favorite European cities and should be added to your itinerary for 10 days in the South of France.

Overall, Nice is one of the most popular destinations along the French Riviera and is the fifth-largest city in France. For many years, Nice has attracted world-renowned artists and it originally got its name from the Greek victory called Nike.

During your time in Nice, France, enjoy its historic Old Town, relax along the pebbly shores, get lost in the colorful streets and enjoy the spectacular views along the promenade.

Below are the best hotels in Nice based on budget:

Luxury Accommodation: Hotel Boscolo Exedra Nice

Boutique Accommodation: Hotel Azur Riviera

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Hotel de France

Budget Accommodation: Villa Saint Exupery Beach

Nice also has many rental properties to choose from.

Head to Café Marché to enjoy a delicious breakfast when you first wake up. After your meal, wander through the colorful streets of Nice’s Vielle Ville, the Old Town. As you meander through these charming streets, walk through the shops, markets, bakeries and art galleries.

Monday is market day in Nice. At the Cours Saley Market, you can buy fresh produce, flowers, food and more. There is also a special antique market where you can purchase souvenirs, trinkets, artwork and home décor.

Another great place to shop in Nice is the Place Masséna, where you’ll find many different clothing and jewelry stores. Also located in this area is the Magasin Galeries Lafayette, which boasts high-end fashion retail stores.

As you continue to wander around the city center, you must stop at one of the many museums. The top museums to visit are the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC), Villa Masséna Musée and the Musée Matisse.

Nice also has beautiful churches to admire, such as the Cathédrale Sainte – Réparate and Cathédrale Saint – Nicolas a Nice.

A great spot for lunch or an afternoon snack is the Place Rossetti, which is in front of the Cathédrale Saint—Réparate. Since a trip to France is incomplete without having a crêpe, you must enjoy one from Le Kalice. This square also has fantastic wine bars, ice cream shops and restaurants.

You must climb Castle Hill in the late afternoon to watch the sunset. Situated 300 feet above the city, Castle Hill once held a Citadel used between the 11th and 18th Centuries. After being destroyed in the early 18th Century, the only thing left of the fortress is its ruins, located at the top of the hill.

A great way to get to Castle Hill is by climbing the steps, which are accessible from the Promenade des Anglais. Please keep in mind that there are a lot of stairs to climb, so don’t forget water! There is also an elevator to take people to the top of the hill.

Later in the evening, enjoy a delicious seafood dinner overlooking the magical Nice port. The best restaurant to eat at is Les Pêcheurs.

Day 7: Relax at the Beach in Nice and Visit Villefranche-sur-Mer

A woman enjoying one of the beach clubs in Nice during a South of France itinerary for 10 days in the summer.

On your second day in Nice, enjoy a lovely brunch at Garden Café. From there, walk off your meal along the Promenade des Anglais, which offers a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Coast.

I recommend enjoying a full beach day on your second day in Nice. The beach area is breathtaking and offers incredible clubs!

Along the coast in Nice, there are many beach club options, but my personal favorite is Opéra Plage. Here, you can appreciate awesome beach service facing the crystalline Mediterranean Sea and savor delicious food and drinks straight from your lounge chair and umbrella.

The other great beach clubs in Nice, France are Castel Plage, Ruhl Plage, Blue Beach Club and Plage Beau Rivage Beach Club. This famous French Riviera city also has a public beach if you prefer to save money.  

In the evening, take the train from Nice Ville to Villefranche-sur-Mer train station, which is only a six-minute journey. Since Villefranche-sur-Mer is within walking distance from Nice Old Town, you can also walk 4 miles from the city center to the charming small town if you’re looking for a great workout.

The charming village of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is the perfect town to get lost in. This French Riviera gem has colorful buildings, wine bars, scenic beaches and lovely shops.

One of the first places to visit is La Grande Cave Villefranche. It’s a quaint wine bar located on the side of a staircase leading up to the top of the village. You can enjoy incredible French wines and also savor a cheese plate.

A fantastic restaurant to enjoy dinner in Villefranche-sur-Mer is La Belle Etoile, a French restaurant in the heart of the Old Town.

Day 8: Do a Day Trip to St. Tropez and Cannes

St. Tropez during summer.

A French Riviera itinerary must include a day in St. Tropez! This coastal town in the South of France is famous for its trendy beach clubs, luxury resorts, exciting nightlife, mega yachts and renowned restaurants.

Unfortunately, there is no train station in St. Tropez, so you’ll either have to rent a car or take the train to St-Raphaël-Valescure and then haul a taxi from there. It’s an hour-and a-half drive from Nice to St. Tropez, as well as if you take the train and taxi via St-Raphaël-Valescure.

Many celebrities flock to St. Tropez, so don’t be surprised if you see someone famous at one of the beaches or nightclubs. Adding St. Tropez to your itinerary will ensure you and your friends have a blast during your 10 days in the South of France!

Since this glitzy French town is the birthplace of beach clubs, you must visit Le Club 55, Nikki Beach, Tahiti Beach, La Serena Ramatuelle or Jardin Tropezina. What’s nice about these beach clubs is that you can party, eat, drink, relax and swim all in one spot.

Other great things to do in St. Tropez are visiting the Citadelle de Saint-Tropez, strolling around the picturesque harbor and shopping in the Marché de Saint-Tropez.

Later in the day, head over to Cannes. This buzzing city is famous for the international Cannes Film Festival (which takes place in May), as well as its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.

It’s best to drive from St. Tropez to Cannes, which takes only an hour. Alternatively, with public transit, take the ferry from the coastal town back to St-Raphaël-Valescure and then hop on the train to Cannes. The latter option will take two hours and provides a scenic route along the Mediterranean coast.

During your evening in Cannes, stroll along the La Croisette, which is filled with casinos, A-list restaurants, beach clubs and beautiful views. You must also walk through the Marché Forville and the historical churches. A fabulous option for dinner is La Toque d’Or, which features traditional Provençal cuisine.

It’s around a 35-minute drive from Cannes back to Nice and 40 minutes via train.

Day 9: Experience Menton, Monaco and Èze from Nice

A woman visiting the colorful town of Menton during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

A South of France itinerary for 10 days is incomplete without visiting the Medieval villages and towns along the Riviera, along with Monaco.

What’s lovely about basing yourself in Nice when vacationing along the French Riviera is that you can easily take the train to different locations along the coast. When choosing where to visit from Nice, I recommend first stopping in Menton, since it’s the furthest from the city, followed by Monaco and Èze. These are the best day trips from Nice to enjoy while following a South of France itinerary by train.

It’s a 35-minute train ride from Nice Ville to Menton train station. Menton is considered the pearl of the French Riviera and is located near the Italian border, which is why it resembles a coastal village in Italy.

The best things to do in Menton are to visit the 17th-century Basilica Saint-Michel-Archange, relax at the Plage des Sablettes, enjoy a delicious meal, visit the Jean Cocteau Museum, and admire the Le Val Rahmeh-Menton Garden. When you arrive in Menton in the morning, Vanilla Bakery is a great spot to enjoy coffee, omelets, pastries and more.

From Menton, take a 10-minute train ride to Monaco. What’s cool about visiting Monaco during your South of France trip is that you can say you’re in another country! In fact, Monaco is the second smallest country in the world after Vatican City.

Visiting Monaco during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

The Monte Carlo Casino is one of Monaco’s main attractions and a must-see during your visit. While there, admire the stunning interior, play some French Roulette and enjoy the casino bar.

Monaco is also famous for the Grand Prix, which takes place in May. It’s an F1 motor racing event held annually. During this event, celebrities from all over the world travel to Monaco to see this fascinating race. You can still see the tracks even if you travel to Monaco when the race isn’t happening!

For all nature lovers visiting Monaco, you must explore the Jardin Japonais (Japanese garden), Princess Grace Rose Garden (botanical garden) and Les Jardins Saint-Martin. A fun place to have lunch is Nobu Monte Carlo, located at the Fairmont.

The charming town of Èze.

During your last evening, enjoy a peaceful and relaxing time in the stunning seaside town of Èze. It will transport you straight into a storybook! (The train ride from Monaco to Èze is only six minutes.)

What makes Èze unique are its stoned houses, gardens, picturesque streets and stunning beach. While in Èze, stroll through the town, wander into the local shops, walk into the Eglise d’Èze and explore the Le Jardin Exotique.

The best restaurant to eat at during your last night in the South of France is Château Eza, located at a gorgeous hotel. Serving Mediterranean cuisine, this restaurant has jaw-dropping views and boasts a romantic atmosphere.

The train ride from Èze back to Nice is 15 minutes.

Day 10: Fly Home from Nice

A woman exploring the streets of Old Town Nice, France.

On your final day, head to Nice Airport to fly home. If you wish to continue your trip, you can visit the Burgundy wine region, explore the Italian Riviera or spend a few days in Paris.


A woman in the lavender fields of Valensole during a South of France itinerary for 10 days.

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I hope you all enjoyed following this South of France itinerary for 10 days. If you have any questions, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

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12 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on March 27, 2024 at 11:19 pm

    Such a beautiful blog on the south of France ~ the architecture, beaches, lavender fields, etc. are all stunning landscapes through out the French Riviera. The towns have colorful homes, beautiful cathedrals, and castles. Loved the Monte Carlo casino! So beautiful ~ such a great guide on what to see on a 10 day awesome iteniary! Thank you for sharing your wonderful experiences at this beautiful country ~ can’t wait to visit the gorgeous south of France. Your photography is so beautiful and brings your blog to life. I felt like I was at the French Riviera! Love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on March 28, 2024 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you mom! It’s one of my favorite places! Love you too!

  2. Steph on March 28, 2024 at 11:02 am

    Great blog! Make me want to go back!

    • Taylor Deer on March 28, 2024 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you Steph! It’s definitely a special place. 🙂

  3. anukrati on April 13, 2024 at 2:03 am

    OMG! This looks exotic. It is always amazing to see the beauty all around the world. I anyway love reading your guides. They are always so detailed, and it feels like I am already at the destination exploring.

    • Taylor Deer on April 14, 2024 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much Anukrati! That means a lot to me. The South of France is absolutely beautiful. 🙂

  4. Sharyn McCullum on April 13, 2024 at 7:17 am

    I love the South of France, it is probably my favourite part of France. Thanks for the reminder of why I love it so.

    • Taylor Deer on April 14, 2024 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you! It truly is a special place. 🙂

  5. Meghan on April 13, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    This is one of my dream trips! This honestly looks like such a fun trip with a mix of beautiful places and relaxation along the coast… Will have to get there soon!!!!

    • Taylor Deer on April 14, 2024 at 10:15 pm

      Yes, you would love Provence and the French Riviera so much! It truly is a special part of Europe! 🙂

  6. Angie Newton on May 1, 2024 at 10:57 am

    WOW looks like an amazing time. We have never been to France but this makes me want to go. Anywhere with beaches and water calls to us. Beautiful photos!

    • Taylor Deer on May 1, 2024 at 5:57 pm

      You definitely have to! It’s such a beautiful country with so much to offer. 🙂

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