15 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Amalfi Coast Itinerary

15 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Amalfi Coast Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Cassis, France
— 4 nights
Amalfi, Italy
— 3 nights
Ferry to Sorrento, Fly to San Francisco


Nice, France — 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Castel Plage and Coco Beach. Relax by the water at Plage de Passable and Eze Sur Mer Strand. Go for a jaunt from Nice to Cannes to see Lérins Islands about 52 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, make a trip to Place Massena, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nice attractions planner.

San Francisco, USA to Nice is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Nice due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Nice reach 81°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez, France — 2 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Step out of the city life by going to Plage de Jean Blanc and Plage de Pampelonne. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Gigaro. Go for a jaunt from Saint-Tropez to Le Lavandou to see Plage d'Aiguebelle about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage des Canebiers and enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Marines.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Saint-Tropez online road trip planner.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Saint-Tropez, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cassis.
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Cassis, France — 4 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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage de la Grande Mer and Plage de l'Almanarre. Get in touch with nature at Calanques and Melee Voiles. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Corton, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Calanque de Figuerolles.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cassis day trip site.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Cassis in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint-Tropez in July: highs in Cassis hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Amalfi.
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Amalfi, Italy — 3 nights

Known for its impressive hillside cascade of colorful stone buildings down to the Mediterranean shore, Amalfi is the cultural and commercial heart of southern Italy's Amalfi Coast.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fornillo and Spiaggia Lannio. Get in touch with nature at Arienzo Beach Club, Positano and Lido di Ravello. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, don't miss a visit to Ruga Nova Mercatorum (Via dei Mercanti), explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Smeraldo, and steep yourself in history at Duomo di Ravello.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amalfi vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Cassis to Amalfi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cassis in August since evenings lows in Amalfi dip to 76°F. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · 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.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.