A 14-Day Journey in the South of France, from Riviera Bliss to Provençal Charm
Maria Teresa Carrasquero
South of France
Food & Wine
The South of France is a great destination that blends luxury, culture, and natural beauty, making it an ideal retreat for a diverse range of travelers, especially great for honeymooners. This region is synonymous with luxury, offering world-class hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, and exclusive beach clubs. The South of France is also renowned for its Provençal cuisine, fresh seafood, and exquisite wines. Whether you're looking for relaxation, adventure, cultural immersion, or a taste of the high life, the South of France fits it all. For me, this region will always hold a special place in my heart, since I spent two amazing weeks here for my honeymoon.
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Where to stay
Hôtel Crillon le Brave - Provence
Located in the heart of Vaucluse, this storybook hotel is a destination for the distinguished traveller looking for luxurious design and utmost hospitality.
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Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc
This stylish hilltop stay embodies the glamor of France’s sparkling Côte d’Azur. Expect sophisticated accommodations, locally sourced food (including a lovely juice and ice cream bar) and flawless service.
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This hotel is a stunning cocktail of Art Deco and Neo-Hellenic influences overlooking a Mediterranean garden.
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Day 1: Arrive in Nice
Day 2: Exploring
Breakfast at your hotel
Relax on any of the beach clubs Nice has to offer (Blue Beach, Ruhl Plage, Opera Plage, etc.)
Visit Old Town Nice
Journey to Eze and check-in at La Chèvre d’Or.
Enjoy a sunset dinner at La Chèvre d’Or Gourmet Restaurant (a two-michelin star restaurant)
Day 3: Explore the town of Eze
Explore the town of Eze. Visit Jardin Exotique d’Eze for stunning botanical garden on a hilltop.
Visit Château d'Eze which offers a glimpse into the town’s history.
If you have the time and energy, explore the hiking trails around Eze such as the Nietzsche Path, which the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche used to frequent.
Take a transfer to the Italian border, to the charming town of Menton. Explore Old Town, Jardin Serre de La Madone and stroll around the Promenade du Soleil, if there’s time take a dip on the ocean.
Head to your last destination of the day, Monaco. Spend the night at the opulent Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and indulge in Monaco's glamorous ambiance and delectable cuisine.
Have dinner in your hotel.
Day 4: Monaco
Day 5: Paoloma Beach
Breakfast at your hotel.
Spend the morning at Paoloma Beach.
Visit Villa Ephrussi de Rotschild.
Have sunset dinner at Le Cap.
Day 6: Saint Paul de Vence
Morning at the hotel enjoying the amenities.
Take a transfer to Saint Paul de Vence and have lunch at La Colombe d’Or.
Later visit the perfume capital, Grasse, and make your own perfume.
Check-in at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc or Hotel Belles Rives.
Dinner with a view at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc Grill.
Day 7: Stroll Along La Croisette
Get breakfast at the Armani Café.
Explore the Old Town Antibes and visit the Picasso Museum.
Transfer to Cannes and take a stroll along La Croisette, Cannes’ famous promenade, while walking visit the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the Cannes Film Festival takes place annually. Explore the iconic red carpet area and the Allée des Stars, featuring handprints of celebrities.
Continue your way to St. Tropez and check-in at your hotel, Chateau de la Messardiere.
Get dinner at the hotel in Matsuisha.
Day 8: Explore the Old Town
Start the morning enjoying the amenities at the hotel, like going to the pool or having a private yoga session or playing tennis.
If you are staying at Chateau de la Messardiere, have the hotel’s Rolls Royce drive to the town of St. Tropez.
Spend the rest of the day enjoying one of the day clubs (like the iconic Le Club 55).
Have dinner and a show at L’Opera.
Day 9: Travel to a Vineyard
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
Arrive to Hotel Crillon-Le Breve at the Heart of Provence.
Enjoy a massage at the hotel and spend the afternoon lounging by the pool.
Have dinner at La Madeline.
Day 10: Visit the Lavender Fields
Have breakfast at hotel.
Rent in the hotel an electric bike and discover the beautiful landscapes around our charming and small village of Crillon le Brave.
Arrange with hotel a private picnic in the ground of the hotel.
If you are visiting in August, arrange a visit to the Lavander fields, if not, enjoy a vineyard tour also arranged by the hotel.
Have dinner at the other restaurant of the hotel, La Table Du Ventoux.
Day 11: Explore Historic Towns
Breakfast at the hotel.
Head to Avignon and discover the medieval allure of the town as you explore the grand Palais des Papes and stroll through the UNESCO-listed historic center. Admire the iconic Pont Saint-Bénézet and soak in the lively atmosphere of Place de l'Horloge. Immerse yourself in art at the Collection Lambert and wander through local markets for a taste of Provencal flavors.
Head to the historic city of Arles, known for its well-preserved Roman architecture. Visit the UNESCO-listed Arles Amphitheatre. Explore Saint-Trophime Church and stroll along the banks of the Rhône River, and don't miss the iconic "Café Terrace at Night" scene at Place du Forum, immortalized by Van Gogh's painting.
Next, venture to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a town rich in history and artistic heritage. Visit the Saint-Paul de Mausole Monastery, where Vincent van Gogh found inspiration and created many of his masterpieces.
Explore Gordes. Stroll through the cobblestone streets, visit the historic Castle of Gordes, and take in panoramic views from the Belvédère viewpoint. Explore the boutiques, galleries, and local markets that showcase the artisanal treasures of this picturesque Provençal village.
Arrive at Aix-en-provence, hotels: Chateau de la Gaude or Villa Gallici
Day 12: Explore Local Markets
Start your day with breakfast on Cours Mirabeau, explore local markets, and visit the Atelier Cézanne. After a leisurely lunch, delve into art and history at the Granet Museum or the Saint-Sauveur Cathedral. Take a stroll through the historic Old Town.
Head over to Marseille and check-in to your hotel, options include Hotel Les Bords de Mer or InterContinental Marseille.
Spend the rest of the day either exploring Marseille or relaxing at your hotel.
Day 13: Boat Ride to Cassis
Embark on a private boat excursion to Cassis and the stunning Calanques, exploring the coastal wonders and enjoying the picturesque town of Cassis.
Upon returning to Marseille in the late afternoon, take some time to relax at your hotel. Enjoy the amenities, whether it's a rejuvenating spa session or a dip in the pool. As the sun sets, get dinner at the hotel's restaurant, accompanied by panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Day 14: Departure
Bid adieu to this luxurious sojourn, carrying with you the indelible memories of a South of France and head to the Airport in Marseille to return home.
Need to Know
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