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10 days marseille to venice...help!

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Hi there,

My b/f and I are flying into Marseille and have 10 days to get drive up the coast to Venice. The city's I've narrowed down that I want to see are in this order up the cost, Marseille, Provence, St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Genoa, Portifino, Parma, and Venice. PHEW, exhausted just thinking about it. So, I know I can't pull this whole thing off, but my question is, are there any places (seems like the first 3/4 are pretty close in proximity) that we can do in the same day, any places we should omit or any places we HAVE to see? I would like to spend more time in Italy if at all possible. Also, I heard that once you hit the Italian border you can't bring across a rental car from france...is this true? you think we should just take the train? Any advice would be appreciated.

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    If you plan to drive up the coast and around to Italy, you will see a lot of the scenery on the drive as the coast road is a very scenic drive. There are places to pull over for photos, so don't be so mesmerised by the view that you crawl along the road - will have some unimpressed French drivers letting you know very quickly!

    As you've noticed on the map, many of the cities you've listed are close together and you will certainly cover a few in a day's drive, however what's your version of "see"? If you want to explore some of these cities, you're going to have to spend more than an hour in each one. I'd pick a point to reach each day, then decide what you must see in the places listed and that will give you an idea of time required and what cities might need culling.

    You mention Provence - not sure what you mean as this is a region. If you mean Aix-en-Provence, then a quick look at a map tells you to head there first from Marseilles. At least a day there is needed (IMHO). Then hit the coast again and wind your way up. St Tropez and Cannes are quite close, but again it will depend on what you want to see/do in each place as to how much time you'll need. I'd even consider going from Aix to Nice via St Tropez and Cannes during the day, basing in Nice for a few days to visit Monaco for the day/evening (and taking the Basse or Moyenne Corniche for a scenic drve) and stop at Eze on your way up for lunch. Then you can take the A8 (major highway, much quicker than coast road through Monaco)from Nice towards Menton, cross the border and continue from there.

    You can easily get from Nice to Genoa in a day. Then on to Portofino and I'd stay there as well. How long you want to stay in Venice will determine how long you have in between to stay in other places.

    Parking is going to be a bit of an issue, unless you stay in Hotels/Accommodation with on-site parking. And of course when you get to Venice you can only go so far with a car (Tronchetto!).

    Not sure about not being able to drive a rental car from France into Italy - perhaps it's more a case of the cost of hiring in one country and dropping it off in another that is prohibitive. Check this cost and get it in writing from the company you plan to use. Often the extra charges to do this are more than the original rental fee.

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