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should I keep a car for cannes, nice and monaco 6 days

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I am looping the alps starting from geneva, route des grandes alpes, gorges du verdon, st tropez, cannes, nice, genoa, cinque terre, milan, como, lucerne over 3.5 weeks in mid june and then in switzerland for a week. I wont drive the entire loop and will only do a one way car hire from Geneva french side through the route des grandes alpes to gorges du verdon and wanted an advice on the best car drop off point from the cote d'azur towns depending on the one way charge and feasibility of using a car at the cote d'azur from the traffic and narrow streets and parking issues.

I was planning to do day hires of motor cycle or car for sightseeing the cote d'azur detours and public transport for city hopping. I was warned that you can be stuck in traffic jam quite often specially at peak time and also with finding parking around cannes, nice and monaco. I am definitely the driving around person more than the stay in the city person, however I will atleast be doing a day each of exploring the city.

If parking is not an issue in these cities then I will probably keep the car all the way of the alps loop back to geneva as the drive hours are not that hectic and having the car will be very handy in terms of last minute detours and also with accomodation choice and search. I do not mind parking the car away and using public transport while in the cote d'azur towns or in milan.

If I was to do the the full alps loop by car, what is the process at the france/italy/switzerland border crossing. I have an australian passport so have the free visa waiver period.

Do you recommend dropping off the car at nice or continue driving the alps loop back to geneva ?

I had an additional 600 CHF one way charge when I chose geneva switzerland side and after correcting that to the french geneva side, it actually came out cheaper to a hypothetical geneva to geneva loop ! So no extra charge for a one way drop off somehow and I will need to verify that again as that seems impossible.

Pick-up:
Tue, 12 Jun, 2012 at 10:00
Geneve Airport - French Side
Return:
Wed, 20 Jun, 2012 at 10:00
Nice Railway Station

(A) Chevrolet Spark or similar More Details
Mini, 2-4 Door, Manual, Air, MCMR

1 week at 101.43 EUR 101.43 EUR
1 extra day at 14.49 EUR 14.49 EUR
Rate Details
Location Service Charge: Included
Vehicle Licensing Fee and Road Tax Included
Collision damage waiver 60.96 EUR
Theft protection 30.48 EUR
Taxes 40.64 EUR
Vehicle Subtotal 248.00 EUR


Pick-up: Change
Tue, 12 Jun, 2012 at 10:00
Geneve Airport - French Side
Return: Change
Wed, 20 Jun, 2012 at 10:00
Geneve Airport - French Side
Selected Vehicle
(A) Chevrolet Spark or similar
Unlimited Free Kilometers Included
1 week at 222.01 AUD 222.01 AUD
1 extra day at 31.71 AUD 31.71 AUD
Rate Details
Location Service Charge: Included
Collision damage waiver Included
Theft protection Included
Vehicle Licensing Fee and Road Tax Included
Taxes 49.73 AUD
Vehicle Subtotal 303.46 AUD


thanks in advance. apologies for the long post and formatting issues

tony

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