A Week in Southern France

Nice – Marseille – Avignon

A Week in Southern France

Welcome to France

Highlights

Your A Week in Southern France is the perfect introductory tour of the South of France. Take the road to where ever it may take you.

Above all, consult with your Destination Specialist. We will ensure that the highlights of your trip are booked in advance so you won’t miss out on the fun!  Lots of time at leisure will be built in so you can explore on your own, and at your own pace. Let the journey guide you.

Read more about why we love A Week in Southern France.

Make it Yours

  • Accommodation – France offers a wide range of accommodation styles including boutique hotels, charming B&B’s, and luxurious castle hotels.  Juniper will select where you stay based on your preferences.
  • Transportation – All of the dots will be connected based on your preferences and budget.  Airport transfers, car rentals, train passes, even private chauffeurs!
  • Day tours and entrance tickets – pre-scheduled tours and experiences for a seamless and enriching travel experience!

A Week in Southern France Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Nice

Welcome to France! Upon arrival, a private driver will meet you at the Arrivals Hall and bring you to your accommodation. If it’s too early to check-in, leave your belongings with the concierge and begin exploring the town. Enjoy the coastline by strolling along the paved walkway of Promenade des Anglais. We also recommend visiting Old Nice, a small portion of the town with lots of cafes and restaurants.

Overnight in Nice

Day 2: Villefranche-Sur-Mer

After breakfast this morning, you will meet your private driver-guide. Enjoy Nice’s neighboring town of Ville Franche-Sur-Mer, a colorful little coastal town with excellent waterfront restaurants.

Next, visit the beautiful mansion called Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Enjoy the mansion itself at your leisure, but be sure to visit the spectacular gardens before returning to Nice.

Overnight in Nice

Day 3: Monaco

Today will be your opportunity to explore the exciting town of Monaco. Used as the backdrop for countless television shows and films, it’s sometimes hard to believe this place is real! Check out the Monte Carlo Casino. Even those who don’t typically gamble can’t help but be impressed by this landmark. If interested, we can arrange a 30 or 60 minute Ferrari coastal driving adventure!

If casinos or luxury cars aren’t your cup of tea, you can’t go wrong strolling the coast and taking in the views of green-blue water and docked yachts.

Overnight in Nice

Day 4: Antibes & Cannes

After breakfast, you will again meet your private driver-guide for more exploring! Your first stop of the day will be Antibes for a chance to see another view of the stunning French southern coast. You may wish to check out the Picasso Museum or the Absinthe Museum.

Next, you’ll continue on to Cannes. Just like Monaco, it’s hard to believe this legendary place exists! Lounge on the beach, grab a drink at the Ritz-Carlton or consider a meal at one of the restaurants that sit on the docks that jut out onto the water.

Overnight in Nice

Day 5: Marseille

After breakfast this morning you will check out of your Nice accommodation, and meet with your driver-guide before heading to Marseille.

Along the way, you’ll want to make stops in the little towns en route. We recommend making at least a photo stop at the charming town of Eze. Next, you will want to stop at the hidden gem town of Vence. This little-known town is packed with all of the charms of southern France but isn’t as well known so you will have some space from the crowds of Nice. After departing Vence it will be approximately a 2 hour, scenic ride to Marseille. Enjoy water views at dinner one last time, as tomorrow you’ll be heading north to Provence.

Overnight in Marseille

Day 6: Avignon

Before departing Marseille, we recommend taking a 2-3 hour morning boat tour of the Parc National des Calanques. Sheer cliffs plunge into the turquoise water you’ve for the duration of your trip. The spectacular views are worth the time spent on this tour, however, the water can be a little choppy so we recommend taking precautions in case you are susceptible to seasickness. 

Along the way to Avignon, we recommend making a stop in Aix-en-Provence, considered “the gateway into Provence.” Enjoy lunch, enjoy the shops, (or both!) but definitely make a point to see Cours Mirabeau: a tree-lined thoroughfare that’s great for people watching and typical southern French architecture.

Continue on to Avignon, and enjoy a farm-to-table at one of the many local restaurants.

Overnight in Avignon

Day 7: Provence

You’ll have a few options for how to spend your time today. Your private driver-guide will collect you from the hotel after breakfast and can take you on a private wine tour of the Rhode wine region. Tasting and meals can be pre-arranged for a smooth day.

You may opt for a more carefree and loosely structured day. Having Avignon as a base, you are in the perfect place to immerse yourself in the tiny little French towns that are like a storybook come to life! With vineyards, lavender farms, endless rolling hills, you could take an entire day getting lost here. (Not literally lost, your driver-guide will know your interests and preferences in advance and will take you on a mini adventure.)

Overnight in Avignon

Day 8: Depart for Home

The time has come to say “Farewell!” to la belle France. A private driver will collect you from your hotel and bring you to the airport for your return flight home.

Get Ready to Travel!

Your A Week in Southern France at a glance:

A Week in Southern France Highlights:

Selected activities based on your interests

Why We Love this Tour

Your Self Drive Tour of Ireland is the perfect introductory tour of the Emerald Isle.  It offers the freedom and flexibility of a chauffeured experience with a price point closer to a group guided tour. You and your loved ones can have the best of Ireland!

We love this itinerary because it allows you to see the highlights of Ireland as a first-time visitor. Or you can relive the best of Ireland if you’ve been before.  By staying in Dublin, swinging down to Kilkenny, then continuing to the beloved County Kerry you’ll have many sightseeing and touring opportunities.

Why We Love Dublin

Ireland’s capital city of Dublin blends modern amenities with charming historic neighborhoods. A flourishing food scene for everyone to enjoy. Explore the iconic sites such as the Guinness Storehouse, the Glasnevin Cemetery, and the Kilmainham Gaol.  Enjoy a pint and live music in a pub in the famous Temple Bar neighborhood. Join a walking tour about the Easter Rising or Ireland’s rich literature, or take a day trip up to Belfast for a bit of Northern Ireland.

Why We Love Kilkenny 

Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, dating as far back as the 6th century.  On the way there take some time to hike the stunning Wicklow Mountains. Then visit Powerscourt Estate to see the impressive house and manicured gardens.

Why We Love Country Kerry

County Kerry is ideal for those partaking in a self-drive tour of Ireland.  The rambling roadways of County Kerry cut through patchwork fields. Drive alongside the dramatic and rocky coastline. It’s home to some of the most striking castle ruins and charming villages Ireland has to offer.
Make this independent adventure yours!  

Nights can be added or reduced, your route can be changed. Tours and activity options can be selected based on your interests and purpose of travel.  Having a rental car allows you to visit the pockets of Ireland that the train doesn’t reach. All of this without the expense of constraints of a private chauffeur.  Come and go as you please. You never know what you’ll discover when you’re exploring this special country at your own pace!

Your Destination Specialist knows Ireland and will take the time to learn what’s important to you.  Your itinerary will be designed just for you, to make the most of your time and experience in the Emerald Isle!

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