15 days in Marseille & French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

15 days in Marseille & French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
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Menton
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antibes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mougins
— 2 nights
Taxi
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Cannes
— 4 nights
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Marseille — 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get some cultural insight at Palais des Papes and Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole. Discover out-of-the-way places like Port de Cassis and Calanque de Port-Miou. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Abbaye de Montmajour (in Arles), Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence) and Trolib (in Cassis). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at La Calanque de Figuerolles, contemplate the waterfront views at Calanque du Sugiton, explore the world behind art at Musee du Petit Palais, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Marseille trip planning app.

Montreal, Canada to Marseille is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in August, you will find days in Marseille are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Menton.
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Menton — 2 nights

Pearl of France

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Promenade du Soleil, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Au Pays du Citron, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin du Palais Carnoles. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, steep yourself in history at Vieux La Turbie, then cruise along Tete de Chien, and finally trek along Mala Beach Coastal Path.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Menton trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Menton takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Marseille in August: highs in Menton hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Antibes.
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Antibes — 2 nights

Diamond of the French Riviera

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.
On the 9th (Tue), kick back and relax at Plage du Ponteil, get a new perspective on things with Easy Dive, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre-Dame de Bon Port, and finally look for gifts at La Verrerie de Biot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Centre d'Art du Verre PIERINI, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Biot, then take an in-depth tour of Musee National Fernand-Leger, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Antibes trip planner.

Drive from Menton to Antibes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Antibes can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mougins.
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Mougins — 2 nights

Mougins is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.It is located on the heights of Cannes, in the district of Grasse. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Village de Mougins, look for all kinds of wild species at Forcerie Vial, then take in the awesome beauty at San Peyre, then steep yourself in history at Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire, and finally head outdoors with Etang de Fontmerle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de Notre-Dame de Vie, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Classique de Mougins, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier de la Vallee de la Brague, and finally look for gifts at 365 Fromages.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mougins trip itinerary planner.

Mougins is just a short distance from Antibes. Traveling from Antibes in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mougins, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes — 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Le Suquet and La Croisette. Get in touch with nature at Île Sainte-Marguerite and La Pointe de l'Aiguille. Get out of town with these interesting Cannes side-trips: Saint-Raphael (Basilique Notre-Dame de la Victoire & Waterskiing & Jetskiing), Eco Gliss (in Les Issambres) and Etangs de Villepey (in Saint-Aygulf). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Honorat, wander the streets of Rue d'Antibes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clock Tower of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip builder website.

Cannes is just a short distance from Mougins. August in Cannes sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) 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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