18 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Italian Riviera Itinerary

18 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Italian Riviera Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
Train
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cassis, France
— 4 nights
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Nice, France

— 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.
Bring the kids along to Marineland and Promenade des Anglais. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: Cannes (Île Sainte-Marguerite, La Croisette, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, make a trip to Place Massena, stop by Olio Donato, and enjoy the sand and surf at Castel Plage.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip maker.

San Salvador, El Salvador to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from San Salvador to Nice, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Salvador in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Genoa, Italy

— 2 nights
Once the most important harbor in the Mediterranean Sea, Genoa has a long history as a rich and powerful trade center in northern Italy.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of Genoa, then take in the waterfront at Old Port, and finally examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baia del Silenzio, and then visit Boccadasse.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Genoa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Genoa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Genoa can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Genoa

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo, hike along Cinque Terre Trails, then discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, and finally trek along Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, then stroll through Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then hike along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, and finally take a stroll around Vernazza.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cinque Terre visit planner.

Traveling by train from Genoa to Cinque Terre takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Genoa in August, plan for little chillier nights in Cinque Terre, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Saint-Tropez, France

— 4 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Bring the kids along to TakSea and Plage de l'Escalet. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Tropez: Aqualand Frejus (in Frejus), Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens) and Les Balcons du Cap Roux (in Saint-Raphael). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, head outdoors with Plage du Pellegrin, and take in nature's colorful creations at Les Murs Vegetaux.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez trip planner.

You can drive from Cinque Terre to Saint-Tropez in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Cassis, France

— 4 nights
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. Family-friendly places like Trolib and Plage de la Coudouliere will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Cassis side-trips: Presqu'ile de Giens (in Giens), Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Bandol (Ile de Bendor, Eglise Saint-Francois de Sales, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church, and take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cassis journey planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cassis takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Cassis are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Cassis

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
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.

Italian Riviera travel guide

4.3
Aquariums · Landmarks · Beaches
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.