12 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Italian Riviera & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

12 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Italian Riviera & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

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Fly
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antibes, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portofino, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 2 nights
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Nice, France

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Visit Plage de la Mariniere and Eze Sur Mer Strand for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Saint Jean-Cap-Ferrat Hike and Parc du Mont Boron. Change things up with a short trip to Baou de Saint Jeannet in Saint Jeannet (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ville medieval, make a trip to Fort du Mont Alban, take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, and fly like a bird with Cap Ferrat Watersports.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online trip maker.

Edinburgh, UK to Nice is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Edinburgh in May, with highs in Nice at 24°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Antibes.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Antibes, France

Diamond of the French Riviera

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with Easy Dive, then soak in style at C-SPA, and then take a stroll through La Croisette. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at San Peyre, hike along La Pointe de l'Aiguille, then visit Le Suquet, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Antibes trip website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Antibes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Antibes, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Portofino.

Things to do in Antibes

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors

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Portofino, Italy

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Di San Martino, then admire the landmark architecture of Oratorio di Nostra Signora Assunta, and then identify plant and animal life at Area Marina Protetta Portofino. On the next day, go for a stroll along the water at Marina di Portofino, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of San Giorgio, visit a coastal fixture at Faro di Portofino, explore the historical opulence of Castello Brown, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza Martiri Dell'Olivetta.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Portofino day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Antibes to Portofino takes 3.5 hours. May in Portofino sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Portofino

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Cinque Terre, Italy

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 9th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa Di San Pietro, do a tasting at Buranco Agriturismo, kick back and relax at Beach Bar Alga, then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Cinque Terre Walk and Drink, take a tour by water with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, then trek along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cinque Terre trip planner.

You can take a train from Portofino to Cinque Terre in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Portofino in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cinque Terre, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monaco-Ville.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco

Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Les Jardins Saint Martin et Sainte Barbe and Vieux Monaco. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Place du Palais, get a sense of history and politics at Prince's Palace of Monaco, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, and try your luck at Casino Cafe de Paris.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monaco-Ville trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Monaco-Ville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Monaco-Ville sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monaco-Ville

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Casinos

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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · 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.

Italian Riviera travel guide

4.2
Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.