3 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

3 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Drive to Saint-Raphael
— 1 day
— 2 nights


Saint-Raphael — 1 day

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Esterel Aventures has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cloitre de la Cathedrale de Frejus and then take a tour by water with Esterel Aventures.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip planning tool.

Geneva, Switzerland to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Geneva in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Saint-Raphael, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Nice — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take a stroll through La Croisette, and then bet on a winner at Hippodrome de la Cote d'Azur.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice holiday planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Nice in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Saint-Raphael, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Fun & Games
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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.