15 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

15 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Nice
— 5 nights
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Cannes
— 5 nights
Train
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
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Nice — 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Marineland and Promenade des Anglais will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle Saint Hospice, explore the galleries of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nice road trip planning website.

Lyon to Nice is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Lyon in June, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cannes.
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Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Cannes — 5 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lérins Islands and Musee Picasso. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes, get outside with Academie de L'Air, see some colorful creatures with Easy Dive, and stop by Wine Shop Flacons Divins.

Plan trip to Cannes with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Nice to Cannes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nice in June since evenings lows in Cannes dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Saint-Raphael.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Saint-Raphael — 4 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Attractions like Massif de l'Esterel and Calanque de Maubois make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens) and Parc Zoologique de Frejus (in Frejus). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, let the kids burn off some steam at Jardin Bonaparte, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, and make a splash at Aqualand Frejus.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Cannes to Saint-Raphael takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cannes in June: highs in Saint-Raphael hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.
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