9 days in Marseille, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Monaco Itinerary

9 days in Marseille, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Monaco Itinerary

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9 days in Marseille, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Monaco Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Saint-Tropez, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: London, United Kingdom

2
nights
Marseille, France

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), kick back and relax at Plage du Prophete. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pavillon M, make a trip to L'Ombriere de Norman Foster, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent de Paul Church, then get outside with Plages du Prado, and finally kick back and relax at Calanque de Samena.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Marseille road trip planning site .

London, UK to Marseille is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from London to Marseille, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, Marseille is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Foret de Cedres, Les Gorges de Regalon, Golf de Servanes
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Plage du Prophete ©
Plage du Prophete
Plages du Prado ©
Plages du Prado
Les Gorges de Regalon ©
Les Gorges de Regalon

1
night
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ponche Beach, make a trip to Chapelle Sainte-Anne, do a tasting at Domaine Tropez, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse de Ramatuelle, then get outside with Cap Taillat, and finally admire the masterpieces at Le musée de l’Annonciade.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Saint-Tropez takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Cap Taillat ©
Cap Taillat
La Ponche Beach ©
La Ponche Beach
Domaine Tropez ©
Domaine Tropez

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nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get outside with Jets'Cool, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Vinaigre, then trek along Massif du Tanneron, and finally get outside with Lac de Saint-Cassien. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Les Murs Peints, make a trip to Monuments aux Morts, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, then get lost in a book at Villa Rothschild - Mediatheque Noailles, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally step aboard Vieux Port.

Before you visit Cannes, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Nice.

Things to do in Cannes

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tanneron, Mont Vinaigre, Jets'Cool
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Jets'Cool ©
Jets'Cool
Lac de Saint-Cassien ©
Lac de Saint-Cassien
Massif du Tanneron ©
Massif du Tanneron

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nights
Nice, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Mariniere, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get your game on at SENSAS Nice, and finally take a peaceful walk through Parc du Mont Boron. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, find something for the whole family at Le Village des Fous, and then trek along Baou de Saint Jeannet.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice visit planner .

Take a train from Cannes to Nice in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monte-Carlo.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Le Village des Fous, Baou de Saint Jeannet, Plage de la Mariniere, Chapelle des Penitents Blancs
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Parc du Mont Boron ©
Parc du Mont Boron
Baou de Saint Jeannet ©
Baou de Saint Jeannet

1
night
Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Monte-Carlo ©
Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
On the 31st (Sun), play a few rounds at Monte Carlo Country Club, admire the natural beauty at Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe, get to know the resident critters at Jardin des animalier, then take in the waterfront at Port de Fontvieille, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin du Casino.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Monte-Carlo trip planner .

Monte-Carlo is very close to Nice. In May, daytime highs in Monte-Carlo are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monte-Carlo

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe, Port de Fontvieille
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Monte Carlo Country Club ©
Monte Carlo Country Club
Port de Fontvieille ©
Port de Fontvieille

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