13 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

13 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Monaco-Ville Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Menton, France
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco
— 1 day
Drive
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Antibes, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Vence, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France — 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieille Ville and La cité médiévale. Get some cultural insight at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and make a trip to Citadelle Saint-Elme.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nice day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport, Marseille Provence Airport and Bastia-Poretta Airport. In March in Nice, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Menton.
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Menton, France — 2 nights

Known for its own microclimate that is generally milder than the rest of the French Riviera, Menton is located very close to the border with Italy, whose influence is visible in the architecture and customs of the city.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): go for a stroll along the water at Port de Garavan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at La Chapelle des Pénitents-Blancs, and then explore the world behind art at Jean Cocteau Museum Collection Severin Wunderman. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Palais Carnoles, steep yourself in history at Basilica St. Michel, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee du Bastion.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Menton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Menton takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Menton are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France — 2 nights

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France between Monaco and Menton. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle des Penitents Blancs, and then see the interesting displays at Peillon St Thecle Musee Ferroviaire.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Roquebrune-Cap-Martin trip itinerary planner.

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin is just a short distance from Menton. In March, daily temperatures in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monaco-Ville.
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Monaco-Ville, Monaco — 1 day

Jutting out of the dramatic cliffs of Monaco sits Monaco-Ville, one of the nation's oldest towns.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee, steep yourself in history at Vieux Monaco, then see the interesting displays at Stamps and Money Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Prince's Palace.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monaco-Ville trip website.

Monaco-Ville is just a stone's throw from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. In March, daily temperatures in Monaco-Ville can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Antibes.
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Antibes, France — 1 night

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 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle de la Garoupe, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and then explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Antibes trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Monaco-Ville to Antibes in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. March in Antibes sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Vence.
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Vence, France — 3 nights

Vence is a commune set in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France between Nice and Antibes.Ecclesiastical historyThe first known Bishop of Vence is Severus, bishop in 439 and perhaps as early as 419.Among others are: St. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Cathedrale Notre-Dame de la Nativite de Vence and Ville medieval. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire and Azur Wine Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs and examine the collection at Fondation Maeght.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vence road trip planning site.

Drive from Antibes to Vence in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Vence are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.
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Monaco travel guide

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Aquariums · Casinos · Historic Walking Areas
Rich Man's Paradise City
As part of the French Riviera, Monaco offers the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea on its doorstep. The country has long been known for its panache--fast cars, big casinos, and expensive boutiques surround you here. While there are less luxurious activities for travelers, this is not the country for tourists on a budget. Many cruise ships make this a port of call in this region, so expect to see these vessels and large yachts as part of the landscape here.
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