12 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bormes-Les-Mimosas
— 3 nights
Taxi to La Londe-les-Maures, Ferry to Porquerolles Island
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Porquerolles Island
— 1 night
Ferry
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Saint-Raphael
— 2 nights
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Nice — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Rue d'Antibes. Your inner history buff will appreciate Le Suquet and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Vieux Port & Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance) and Antibes (Old Town, Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe), &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage, see the interesting displays at Musee Matisse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nice online driving holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in July, things will get much hotter in Nice: highs are around 32°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bormes-Les-Mimosas.
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Bormes-Les-Mimosas — 3 nights

Bormes-les-Mimosas is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.It has a Mediterranean climate.Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chartreuse de la Verne and Plage de L'Argentiere. Relax by the water at Plage de Saint-Clair and Plage de Cavaliere. Explore Bormes-Les-Mimosas' surroundings by going to La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Gigaro, Plage de Sylvabelle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Plage d'Aiguebelle, kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, examine the collection at Confiserie Azureenne, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bormes-Les-Mimosas trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Nice to Bormes-Les-Mimosas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bormes-Les-Mimosas when traveling from Nice in July, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porquerolles Island.
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Porquerolles Island — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Plage Notre Dame, explore the world behind art at Villa Carmignac, take in the exciting artwork at Fondation Carmignac, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Courtade, then steep yourself in history at Fort Saint Agathe, and finally don't miss a visit to Le Moulin du Bonheur.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Porquerolles Island visit planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Bormes-Les-Mimosas to Porquerolles Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 2 nights

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire, race across the water with TakSea, then admire the striking features of Cloitre de la Cathedrale de Frejus, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Nartelle, and finally stroll through Port Grimaud 1 Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Plage Robinson, then explore the galleries of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, then zoom along the surf with Jets'Cool, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage du Chateau.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip builder site.

Traveling by ferry from Porquerolles Island to Saint-Raphael takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Saint-Raphael can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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