18 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

18 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Nice
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bandol
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grimaud
— 4 nights
Drive to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Fly to Beirut

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Nice — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (La Croisette, Vieux Port, &more) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and appreciate the history behind Statue de Garibaldi.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip tool.

Beirut, Lebanon to Nice is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Beirut to Nice due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Beirut, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Saint-Raphael — 4 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: Parc Zoologique de Frejus (in Frejus) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with TakSea, do a tasting at Domaine Terres Destel, don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Saint-Raphael tour itinerary maker app.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Raphael in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Nice, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Saint-Raphael, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bandol.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Side Trips
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Bandol — 4 nights

Bandol is a commune in Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, southeastern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bandol: Cassis (Trolib & Calanque de Port-Miou) and La Ciotat (Parc du Mugel, La Calanque de Figuerolles, &more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Atlantide, head off the coast to Ile de Bendor, relax in the rural setting at Var Lamas, and head outdoors with Ile du Gaou.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bandol itinerary planner.

You can drive from Saint-Raphael to Bandol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bandol can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grimaud.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Grimaud — 4 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grimaud: La Londe Les Maures (Dune La Londe, Plage de L'Argentiere, &more), Vieille Ville (in Hyeres) and Plage de l'Estagnol (in Bormes-Les-Mimosas).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grimaud travel tool.

You can drive from Bandol to Grimaud in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel 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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