19 days in Italian Riviera, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Marseille Itinerary

19 days in Italian Riviera, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur & Marseille Itinerary

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Genoa, Italy
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Cannes, France
— 3 nights
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Saint-Tropez, France
— 3 nights
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Marseille, France
— 4 nights
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Genoa, Italy

— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours (in Manarola), Pisa (Duomo di Pisa, Leaning Tower of Pisa, &more) and Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza (in Monterosso al Mare). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Genoa, wander the streets of Boccadasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, and examine the collection at Dialogo nel Buio.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Genoa road trip app.

Dublin, Ireland to Genoa is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dublin to Genoa due to the time zone difference. In June, Genoa is somewhat warmer than Dublin - with highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Genoa

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 3 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.
Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Chateau, examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Genoa to Nice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June in Nice, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Step out of Cannes to go to Agay and see Massif de l'Esterel, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Lérins Islands, take in the waterfront at Vieux Port, make a trip to Le Nomade, and explore the world behind art at Musee Picasso.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cannes journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Cannes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Cannes when traveling from Nice in June, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Tropez, France

— 3 nights
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Step out of Saint-Tropez to go to Frejus and see Aqualand Frejus, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with European Diving School, stop by Port Grimaud, stroll through Plage de l'Escalet, and go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saint-Tropez journey app.

You can drive from Cannes to Saint-Tropez in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Cannes in July, expect nights in Saint-Tropez to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 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 out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Carrieres des Lumieres (in Les Baux de Provence), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence (in Aix-en-Provence). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Biere de la Plaine, wander the streets of The Panier, and explore the galleries of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marseille trip planner.

Getting from Saint-Tropez to Marseille by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Marseille, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Italian Riviera travel guide

4.3
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.

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur travel guide

4.2
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.