8 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

8 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Nice
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bandol
— 1 night
Drive
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (Marche Forville, Le Suquet, &more). Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nice online trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Nice is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Brussels in July, things will get a bit warmer in Nice: highs are around 32°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bandol.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Bandol — 1 night

Bandol is a commune in Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): experience rural life at Var Lamas, then head off the coast to Ile des Embiez, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Atlantide.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bandol route maker website.

Traveling by car from Nice to Bandol takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
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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 8th (Fri): make a splash at Aqualand Frejus, then get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, and then let little ones run wild at Jardin Bonaparte. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel and then get a dose of the wild on Forcerie Vial.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Raphael trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bandol to Saint-Raphael by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Theme Parks
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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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