12 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

12 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Hyeres — 4 nights

Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Hyeres: Plage Notre Dame (in Porquerolles Island), Les Pipes de Cogolin - Courrieu (in Cogolin) and Ile des Embiez (in Six-Fours-les-Plages). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with Dune La Londe, visit Port Grimaud, kick back and relax at Plage de l'Estagnol, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville.

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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain to Hyeres is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Vitoria-Gasteiz in August, Hyeres is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Nice — 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Antibes (Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes & Musee Picasso) and Mairie de le Cannet (in Le Cannet). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take a stroll through Vieille Ville, and steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

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Traveling by car from Hyeres to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyeres in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Nice. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Total Xscape and then make a trip to Massif de l'Esterel. Here are some ideas for day two: let little ones run wild at Jardin Bonaparte, see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, then make a splash at Waterworld lake of gaudrade, and finally make a splash at Aqualand Frejus.

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Traveling by car from Nice to Saint-Raphael takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nice in August, you will find days in Saint-Raphael are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are little chillier (19°C). On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel back home.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Historic Sites · Beaches
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.