22 days in Riviera Maya, Cancun & French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

22 days in Riviera Maya, Cancun & French Riviera - Cote d'Azur Itinerary

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Puerto Morelos, Mexico
— 1 night
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Cancun, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Antibes, France
— 4 nights
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Cannes, France
— 4 nights
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Cassis, France
— 3 nights
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Puerto Morelos, Mexico — 1 night

Jewel of Mexican Caribbean

A small seaport at the tip of Yucatan Peninsula, pleasant Puerto Morelos offers a good alternative for visitors seeking a quieter beach vacation with plenty of tourist amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Cenote Elvira - Nature Sanctuary and then don't miss a visit to Parroquia Catolica de San Jose. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Toolok kaa'n, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then look for gifts at Artesanias Alicia.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Morelos trip itinerary planning app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Puerto Morelos is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in October, things will get a bit warmer in Puerto Morelos: highs are around 35°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cancun.
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Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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Cancun, Mexico — 5 nights

Few destinations in Mexico dazzle visitors quite like Cancun, a modern resort town filled with glitzy hotels sitting on picturesque and well-developed Caribbean beaches.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cancun: Playa del Carmen (Zipline, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at La Isla Shopping Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Tattoo Studio Henna.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Cancun trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Morelos to Cancun takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cancun can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nice.
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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.
Go for a jaunt from Nice to Vence to see Azur Wine Tours about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, and steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

Before you visit Nice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Cancun to Nice in 15.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Cancun to Nice is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cancun in October, with highs in Nice at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Antibes.
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Antibes, France — 4 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.
Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee Picasso, tee off at Ecole de Golf de Biot, hunt for treasures at Marché provençal, and enjoy the sea views from Garoupe Lighthouse (Phare de la Garoupe).

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Antibes day trip site.

Getting from Nice to Antibes by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 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.
Explore Cannes' surroundings by going to Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay) and Domaine Terres Destel (in Saint-Raphael). There's much more to do: stroll through Lérins Islands, wander the streets of Le Suquet, don't miss a visit to Rue Meynadier, and take a leisurely stroll along Vieux Port.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Cannes sightseeing planner.

Cannes is just a short distance from Antibes. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Cassis.
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Cassis, France — 3 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Plage d'Aiguebelle (in Le Lavandou), Bandol (Foret de Roustagnon, Sentier Littoral, &more) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Fort de Bregancon & A L'en Verre). There's still lots to do: cruise along Route des Cretes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michel Church, get a dose of the wild on Trolib, and make a trip to Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cassis driving holiday tool.

Drive from Cannes to Cassis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Cassis can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Riviera Maya travel guide

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Well-preserved ruins and stunning white-sand beaches make for memorable Riviera Maya vacations, though this coastal area also features a number of modern cities ideal for soaking up some local culture and learning about Mexican cuisine. Stretching for approximately 100 km (60 mi) along the Caribbean coastline, this region serves as one of the world's most popular vacation destinations, known for containing big-name resorts like Playa del Carmen and Cancun. If you get tired of sun and sand, enrich your Riviera Maya sightseeing experience by visiting the area's eco-archaeological theme parks, which preserve swathes of wilderness and encompasses restored structures from the Mayan period.
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

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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.
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