11 days in French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Polignano a Mare & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Cannes, France
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Polignano a Mare, Italy
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Cannes, France — 3 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Suquet and Les Murs Peints. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Eglise de Biot (in Biot), Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook & Old Town) and Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire (in Villeneuve-Loubet). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Marineland, step aboard Vieux Port, shop like a local with La Croisette, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cannes sightseeing site.

Dublin, Ireland to Cannes is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Cannes. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in July, with highs in Cannes at 33°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Polignano a Mare.
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Polignano a Mare, Italy — 4 nights

Polignano a Mare is a town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia, southern Italy, located on the Adriatic Sea. Discover out-of-the-way places like Centro Storico di Polignano a Mare and Lama Monachile. Venture out of the city with trips to Masseria Brancati (in Ostuni), I Trulli di Alberobello - World Heritage Site (in Alberobello) and Valle d'Itria (in Martina Franca). The adventure continues: Head underground at Grotte di Castellana, snap pictures at Ponte Borbonico di Lama Monachile, stop by Oro della terra, and steep yourself in history at Piazza Dell'orologio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Polignano a Mare itinerary planner.

You can fly from Cannes to Polignano a Mare in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Polignano a Mare, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as The Jordaan and Herengracht. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, examine the collection at Micropia, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Rembrandtplein.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Polignano a Mare to Amsterdam takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Polignano a Mare in July, things will get slightly colder in Amsterdam: highs are around 26°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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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