10 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

10 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Saint-Raphael — 3 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Raphael: Kelys (in Sainte-Maxime), Saint-Tropez (Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema, &more) and Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, stop by Port Grimaud, pause for some serene contemplation at Church St Francis of Assisi, and do a tasting at Domaine Terres Destel.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saint-Raphael trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Saint-Raphael is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In September in Saint-Raphael, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nice.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Cannes (Vieux Port, Lérins Islands, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nice tour itinerary maker website.

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. Traveling from Saint-Raphael in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cassis.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

Cassis — 1 night

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. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis, then take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cassis driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nice to Cassis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Cassis when traveling from Nice in September, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

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.