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How to Spend 1 Week on the French Riviera

How to Spend 1 Week on the French Riviera

Comprising cosmopolitan cities, hilltop retreats, golden beaches, and fruitful vineyards, the French Riviera is, for many, shorthand for “paradise.” Given the region’s abundance of sightseeing offerings and leisure opportunities, one week offers just the right amount of time to see it all. Here’s how to plan your Côte d’Azur stay.

Days 1 and 2: Nice

The de facto capital of the French Riviera and its largest city, rarefied Nice is the perfect home base for your excursions. Two days in town means you have enough time for culture, sightseeing, and leisure. Drop by the Marc Chagall Museum or the Matisse Museum, stroll the length of the splendid Promenade des Anglais, soak up the ambiance in the city’s old town (Vieux Nice), cruise the Baie des Anges, and indulge in glamorous, terrace dinners.

Day 3: Monaco

While it’s technically its own principality, tiny Monaco is ringed on three sides by France and on one side by the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Travel 30 minutes from Nice to drive the famed Monaco Formula 1 circuit in a supercar and scope out the Prince’s Palace and Monaco Cathedral. In the evening, dress up in your finery and join the high rollers at Monte Carlo Casino.

Day 4: Cannes

It may seem that every destination along the French Riviera is more glamorous than the last, and Cannes is no exception. The world-famous Cannes Film Festival welcomes A-listers and movie stars to the coastal city each May. Follow in their footsteps along the Boulevard de la Croisette, duck into designer boutiques, and finish with a lavish dinner within splashing distance of the beach.

Day 5: St-Tropez

For such a petite retreat, St-Tropez is celebrated far and wide for the beauty of its beaches and its voluptuary lifestyle. One day is just the right amount of time to discover this bijou beauty. Sunbathing is less a pastime and more a competitive sport here; soak up the rays along the  Plage de Pampelonne, and indulge in fresh seafood once the sun sets.

Days 6 and 7: Hills, Vines, and Villas

Explore beyond the French Riviera's major enclaves on your sixth day, venturing inland to destinations such as Grasse, famed for its perfume production; Èze, a medieval beauty; and Saint-Paul-de-Vence, once frequented by artists. Finish with a vineyard visit: The Côtes de Provence region excels in rosé. On your final day, seek out the Riviera’s other coastal splendors, from elegant villas such as the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and the Villa Kerylos to lovely resorts including Antibes and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

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Catamaran from Cannes

Catamaran from Cannes

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Take in views of the fabulous French Riviera from the water on a luxury catamaran cruise. Sail along the Bay of Cannes while relaxing on deck, and splash into the sea for a swim and snorkel if you like. Choose from a half- or full-day cruise and upgrade to include an optional buffet lunch on board. Alternatively, embark on a sunset cruise and enjoy a glass of French Champagne as you watch the rosy glow of twilight wash over the gorgeous landscape.
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Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez

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Make your way from Cannes to St Tropez the best way possible – by boat. Relax as the Mediterranean breezes tousle your hair as you cruise along the French Riviera, taking in the beautiful coastal views along the way. Enjoy a day of free time in St Tropez to explore as you like – browse the shops, lounge at cafe tables, sightsee and watch for celebrities – before taking the ferry back to Cannes.
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Nice City Tour and Old town Half-Day from Nice Small-Group

Nice City Tour and Old town Half-Day from Nice Small-Group

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Discover the top attractions and hidden highlights of the French Riviera in France on this half-day sightseeing tour in Nice. Spin along the Middle Corniche road and gaze out over the French Riviera. Explore the Promenade des Anglais and the Promenade des Arts with a guide, and delve into the historic Cimiez neighborhood. Take in sites of interest such as the Acropolis Center, the Modern Art Museum, and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and stroll to the top of Castle Hill for panoramic views over the rooftops of Nice.
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  • 3 hours
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Grasse, Gourdon, Valbonne and Wine Tasting Full-day from Nice Small-Group Tour

Grasse, Gourdon, Valbonne and Wine Tasting Full-day from Nice Small-Group Tour

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Spend a day in the countryside on a full-day tour from Nice. See the scenic beauty for yourself, from verdant vineyards to vast lavender fields to dramatic rocky cliffs. With your knowledgeable guide, stop in the scented town of Grasse. Tour the well-known Fragonard Perfumery. Visit the towns of Gourdon and Valbonne, before heading back to Nice for a tour of the Château de Crémat wine estate and a wine tasting. Tour group size is limited to eight people to ensure personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 8 hours
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Perfume Workshop & Factory Visit in Grasse

Perfume Workshop & Factory Visit in Grasse

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Grasse—located just a short drive from Cannes— is known as one of the world’s top perfume capitals. On this tour, you’ll go behind-the-scenes at Molinard (a classic perfume house founded in 1849) and discover how a fragrance gets made. Learn from your instructor about the ingredients and techniques behind each perfume, and acquaint yourself with numerous scents. Then, as part of the workshop, you’ll work alongside an experienced perfumer to create your very own fragrance.
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Private Tour of the French Riviera from Cannes Including Eze, Monaco, Cannes, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Private Tour of the French Riviera from Cannes Including Eze, Monaco, Cannes, and Saint-Paul-de-Vence

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Cannes, Monaco, and Eze are among the star attractions of the French Riviera, but visiting with a large tour group can detract from the experience. Instead, enjoy the VIP treatment with a private full-day tour, including a visit to Riviera villages such as La Turbie and Saint-Paul-de-Vence; a tour of Monte Carlo; and a drive along the seafront Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes. Hotel pickup and round-trip transport is included.
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  • 8 hours
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