11 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Nice — 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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: Cannes (La Croisette & Le Suquet). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice online visit planner.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Nice is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Nice. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May: high temperatures in Nice hover around 69°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saint-Raphael.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trips
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Forcerie Vial and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at Thalasso Spa Les Issambres, don't miss a visit to Cap du Dramont, and then get interesting insight from Agathonis Plongee.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cassis.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
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Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Cassis — 3 nights

Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Explore Cassis' surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas) and Parc Olbius-Riquier (in Hyeres). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis, take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, see Trolib, and explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cassis online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Saint-Raphael to Cassis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Beaches · Historic Sites
On the Mediterranean Sea coast, the French Riviera-Côte d'Azur has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth. It is a modern resort area with luxury shopping, seaside cafés for people watching, and several marinas for yachts and super-yachts along its coast. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser known attractions and places to visit, such as the perched villages of Gourdon and Eze, the perfumeries in Grasse, the potters of Vallauris, and the glassblowers of Biot.The Riviera has been the inspiration for many works by artists, such as Picasso and Renoir, which are on display in local museums. Sea-front hotels and holiday resorts are the most expensive options, with smaller, modest, more affordable accommodations available as you move away from major cities or further inland. Cafés, bars, and restaurants are diverse enough to respect your vacation budget and tastes, with the vast majority of eateries serving food local to the area--Provençal cuisine with Italian influences, and Cassis and Bandol regional wines.The small independent state of Monaco is surrounded on three sides by France, and the fourth by the Mediterranean. It has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th century and is a major center for tourism on the Mediterranean. The glamor of Monaco has been replaced by Monte Carlo for its opulence, designer and luxury shopping, and its casino.The busiest travel season is in July and August, when crowds and prices both skyrocket. But, with 300 days of sunshine per year, 115 km (71 mi) of warm blue coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3,000 restaurants, you're sure to have a wonderful time and find plenty of things to do whenever you plan to stay.