7 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

7 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Monte-Carlo Itinerary

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Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
— 1 night
Antibes, France
— 2 nights
Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
— 1 night
Bus to Nice, Fly to Bristol


Villefranche-sur-Mer, France — 1 night

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region on the French Riviera.GeographyVillefranche-sur-Mer adjoins the city of Nice to the east along Mont Boron, Mont Alban and Mont Vinaigrier, and 10km south west of Monaco. For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Villefranche-sur-Mer trip itinerary site.

Bristol, UK to Villefranche-sur-Mer is an approximately 16-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Villefranche-sur-Mer is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Antibes.
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
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Antibes, France — 2 nights

The prosperous French Riviera resort town of Antibes is a popular summer destination featuring tons of beaches to suit couples, families, and any type of lifestyle, along with dozens, if not hundreds of cafes, bars, and salons de thé (tea) along the Mediterranean coast.
To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Antibes travel planner.

Drive from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Antibes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Saint-Tropez.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping
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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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): visit Port Grimaud. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Pampelonne and then tour the pleasant surroundings at St. Tropez Harbor.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saint-Tropez trip planner.

Traveling by car from Antibes to Saint-Tropez takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or ride a ferry. While traveling from Antibes, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Saint-Tropez, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. On the 21st (Thu), you're off to Monte-Carlo.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips
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Monte-Carlo, Monaco — 1 night

Located at the base of the Alps along the French Riviera, the upscale city of Monte Carlo boasts a famous casino.
You've now added Monte Carlo Harbor to your itinerary. On the 21st (Thu), take in the waterfront at Monte Carlo Harbor and then try to win big at Casino of Monte-Carlo.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monte-Carlo day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Monte-Carlo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint-Tropez in July: highs in Monte-Carlo hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Fun & Games · Casinos
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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.

Monaco travel guide

Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.