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
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Genoa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saint-Raphael, 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marineland and Castel Plage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Cannes (La Croisette & Plage Mace) and Easy Dive (in Juan-les-Pins). The adventure continues: get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Orthodoxe Saint Nicolas et Sainte Alexandra, see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nice online trip builder.

San Salvador, El Salvador to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Salvador in July: highs in Nice hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Genoa.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.
On the 4th (Wed), take a stroll through Boccadasse, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale di San Lorenzo - Duomo di Genova, and finally explore the world behind art at Palazzo Ducale. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi a Nervi, enjoy the sand and surf at Baia del Silenzio, then examine the collection at Galata Museo del Mare, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Old Port.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Genoa online road trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Genoa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Genoa are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): hike along Trail 531 Riomaggiore to Manarola, trek along Cinque Terre Trails, then discover the deep blue sea with Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Lorenzo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Sentiero Monterosso - Vernazza, then hike along Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, and finally get into the urban bustle at Vernazza.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre online travel planner.

Take a train from Genoa to Cinque Terre in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cinque Terre when traveling from Genoa in August, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Raphael.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Saint-Raphael, France

— 4 nights
Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
Bring the kids along to TakSea and Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saint-Raphael: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf) and Vivier Gallo-Romain des Issambres (in Roquebrune-sur-Argens). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Massif de l'Esterel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l'Escalet, kick back and relax at Plage de Pampelonne, and get outside with Sublim Sky.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Raphael route builder tool.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Saint-Raphael in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Cassis.

Things to do in Saint-Raphael

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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. Kids will enjoy Trolib and Route des Cretes. Get out of town with these interesting Cassis side-trips: Plage des Oursinieres (in Le Pradet), Var Lamas (in Six-Fours-les-Plages) and Bandol (Les Caves de la Poste, Ile de Bendor, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Cassis trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Saint-Raphael to Cassis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 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

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas · 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

4.2
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.