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Trip to the French Riviera: useful information and recommended itineraries


The Cote d'Azur is a 'fascinating stretch of the French coast in which elegant cities and contrasting landscapes alternate with Mediterranean nature, beautiful beaches and mountainous natural parks. It is also renowned for its many casinos, the ports that are teeming with yachts of the most diverse celebrities, the film festival and the production of perfumes, soaps and cosmetics. In short, the French Riviera offers opportunities for all tastes: from a simple holiday by sea, sun and relaxation to a wider natural itinerary, from visiting cities to discovering culture and traditions. Finally, let's not forget the Principality of Monaco, the independent city-state which is also part of the French Riviera.

Let's find out together how to organize a trip to the French Riviera: useful info and recommended itineraries!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
  2. Where it is
  3. 6-day itinerary: the hinterland of the French Riviera
  4. 10-day itinerary: cities and beaches of the French Riviera
  5. Do-it-yourself French Riviera: flights, costs, best time and advice
  6. User questions and comments
  7. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents

  • Capital: Nice
  • Languages: French
  • Local currency: euro (€)
  • Weather: Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters, average temperatures 11/20 ° - find out more
  • Entry requirements: identity card valid for expatriation or a valid passport
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    The Cote d'Azur is located along the Mediterranean coast of France. It is not to be confused with the entire French Riviera of which the Côte d'Azur occupies only a portion. Precisely we refer to the stretch of coast that borders with Italy and extends from Menton to Martigues, also including the Principality of Monaco.



    6-day itinerary: the hinterland of the French Riviera

    1. First day: departure from Italy and arrival in Nice, hotel accommodation and visit of the city including the Castle of Nice, Notre-Dame de Nice, the Cathedral and the Promenade des Anglais. Overnight in Nice
    2. Second day: breakfast and departure for the Esterel Massif with half day excursion, return to Nice in the early afternoon and visit to the Russian Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the Matisse Museum, Palazzo Lascaris and Corso Saleya. Overnight in Nice
    3. Third day: breakfast, departure for the Gorges du Loup and Gorges du Verdon with a day trip, transfer to Menton and new hotel accommodation for overnight
    4. Fourth day: breakfast, visit of Menton and in particular the Exotic Botanical Garden, the Bastion, Carnoles Palace, the Jean Cocteau Museum and the Serre de la Madone. Overnight in Menton
    5. Fifth day: breakfast, departure for Gorbio to visit the Fort of the Maginot Line, transfer to Sainte Agnès and visit of the village, return to Menton in the early evening. Overnight in Menton
    6. Sixth day: breakfast, transfer to Nice and return to Italy

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: starting from € 800,00
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    10-day itinerary: cities and beaches of the French Riviera


    1. First day: departure from Italy and arrival in Nice, hotel accommodation and start of the city tour including the Castle of Nice, Notre-Dame de Nice, the Cathedral and the Promenade des Anglais. Overnight in Nice
    2. Second day: breakfast, visit to the Russian Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, the Matisse Museum and Corso Saleya, lunch and transfer to the beach of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat for a relaxing afternoon, return to the city. Overnight in Nice
    3. Third day: breakfast, transfer to Menton and visit of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, the Exotic Botanical Garden and the Promenade du Soleil, lunch and one day excursion to Eze, Principality of Monaco and Monte Carlo. Return to the city. Overnight in Nice
    4. Fourth day: breakfast, relaxing day on the beach of Cap d'Antibes, in the afternoon transfer to Cannes, new hotel accommodation, walk along the La Croisette promenade. Overnight in Cannes
    5. Fifth day: breakfast, transfer to Grasse to visit one of its historic perfumeries, lunch, afternoon in Frejus and visit of the town. Return and overnight in Cannes
    6. Sixth day: breakfast, relaxing day on the beach in the morning in Sainte-Maxime and after lunch in Saint-Tropez, in the late afternoon transfer to Marseille, new hotel accommodation and overnight stay
    7. Seventh day: breakfast, guided tour of Marseille including the Château d'If, Notre-Dame de la Gare, the Marseille Cathedral, the Longchamp Palace and the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilization. Overnight in Marseille
    8. Eighth day: breakfast, transfer to Toulon to visit the Cathedral, the Naval Museum and Corso Lafayette, lunch and transfer to Hyères to visit the ruins of the old castle and the old city. Return to the city and overnight in Marseille
    9. Ninth day: breakfast, excursion to the Calanques National Park by catamaran with lunch. Return to the city and overnight in Marseille
    10. Tenth day: breakfast and return to Italy from Marseille

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: from € 1.200,00
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    Do-it-yourself French Riviera: flights, costs, best time and advice

    A trip to the French Riviera may require a substantial budget, considering the accommodations starting from € 50,00 per night, meals of about € 20,00 per person, day trips with an average cost of € 70,00 or alternatively car rental starting from € 80,00 per day.

    The costs of flights, on the other hand, if booked in advance, are not excessive, thanks to the connections of various low cost airlines. The seasonality: the whole area lends itself better to spring and summer holidays, a period during which inevitably the prices are higher since they are mostly seaside resorts. In fact, in the winter period, although the prices are lower, the area does not offer the same beauty as the period just recommended.



    • Minimum period for a tour on the French Riviera: 8 days
    • Recommended cities for base: Nice, Toulon, Marseille
    • Getting around: the towns of the Côte d'Azur are perfectly connected by TER trains and buses. The cost of trains varies depending on the route, for buses there is the Ticket Azur of € 1,50 each way to move around the coast. Train times are shorter, but buses also guarantee excellent service
    • Flights: the reference airports are Nice and Marseille, both well connected with Italy. The average cost of a return flight is around € 100,00 (€ 70,00 in low season and € 150,00 or more in summer) - compared to flights to Nice or Marseille
    • trains: The Thello company leaves from Milan with a direct line serving the main cities of the Côte d'Azur as well as several Italian cities. Stops in Monte-Carlo, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Saint-Raphael, Toulon and Marseille. Prices vary according to the route and the period starting from about € 20,00 each way
    • Accommodations and accommodations: B & Bs and apartments are the recommended structures for spending less than the standard (around € 50,00 per night), while hotels have prices starting from € 80,00 per night. Nice, Marseille, Toulon and Menton are much cheaper than Cannes, Monte-Carlo and Saint-Tropez - compare hotels and b & bs

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