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Ideal itinerary for 8 days in French Riviera with Nice as a home base.

Ideal itinerary for 8 days in French Riviera with Nice as a home base.

Mar 7th, 2007, 04:50 AM
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We were in Nice for 3 days last May. We were on a post River Cruise extension and had a local Tour Director from Nice. Two restaurants that she recommended, and frequents, are the Barracuda at 2 rue Meyerbeer ([email protected]) and Koudou at 28 Promenade de Anglais. We did eat at the Barracuda and found it very nice. 2 dinners, wine and desert about 68 Euros.
There were some pewople in the water, but not a lot. I think it was still pretty cold. Weather was beautiful though, sweater or light jacket.
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Mar 11th, 2007, 06:12 AM
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I was in Nice last year, first week of May. Sunny, upper 70's, people on the beach, not many in the water, water cold. At a mimimum, plan on sunbathing. Than again, I am one that jumps head first in the Maine ocean and LOVES that cold jolt! Have a great trip!

By the way, you will be close to the Italian border and there are some cute towns up in the mountains once over the border. An option to explore. Another town not to miss? Menton (wonderful restaurants!).
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Mar 11th, 2007, 07:38 AM
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There are a dozen or so cute towns on the French side of the border immediatly behind Nice.

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Mar 12th, 2007, 12:01 AM
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Hi !
As said earlier, do not miss Eze and treat yourself with a drink on the terrace of "La chèvre d'or", a relais & chateaux with an amazing view. At Mougins, I strongly recommend "le Bistro de Mougins" (not the same as "le Moulin de Mougins"), the owner Alain is very friendly and speaks fluent english.
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Mar 15th, 2007, 06:52 AM
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Do you recommend taking a one day round trip to Italy from Nice using public transportation? If you do, what do you recommend to visit in Italy?
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Mar 15th, 2007, 08:07 AM
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There are so many great day-trips from Nice, I don't think I'd recommend you go further to Italy.
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Mar 15th, 2007, 12:14 PM
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Wow, sticker shock for apt. rentals on homeaway.com, especially those near the ocean or having views but even some that don't have views.

A bigger premium than I recall for the high season and 1-week minimums too in most cases.

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Mar 17th, 2007, 06:19 PM
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I just talked to a friend of mine who also recommended to visit Ventimiglia in Italy that is very close to Monaco.
Is it really a special small town?
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Mar 18th, 2007, 06:08 AM
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I've been to Ventimiglia and I certainly would not recommend a visit to this town. The only good thing I know about Ventimiglia is the Saturday morning market. Otherwise, it is an uncharming town, surrounded by dozens of places that are far better options to spend some time in.

About a year ago, somebody in this forum posted the name of a hilltown on the Italian side near the French border that looked amazing. Does anybody remembered the name of the town?
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Mar 21st, 2007, 09:51 AM
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Do you recommend to take a one day round trip from Nice to Marseille?
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Mar 21st, 2007, 10:03 AM
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Why do you want to go to Marseille? I think you'll find plenty of things to do & see just in the area between Menton & St Tropez/Bormes les Mimosas, and the backcountry in the Var & Alps Maritimes

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Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:53 AM
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Thanks Stu.
It seems to be not a bright idea to go to Marseille. I was thinking of Chateau d'If featured in Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, but there is so much to see at Cote d'Azur...
I can make the Province some time in the future..
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:43 AM
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What island is it that's known for the Man in the Iron Mask? I've heard it's a good day-trip by boat, near Nice.
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Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:35 AM
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MaureenB,
Dayle mentioned earlier that
from Cannes you need to take a boat over to Ille St. Margherite, the island with the prison where Dumas' "Man in the Iron Mask" was based.

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Mar 22nd, 2007, 04:26 PM
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Thanks, Lev. I think I've heard that's a nice place to visit. But I don't think the boat was running when we were in that area last May. Have a great time in the Cote d'Azur.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 03:35 PM
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Hi,
I would like to thank everyone who responded to me.
Here is my corrected itinerary:
April 30. (Monday). Evening arrival to Nice.
May 1. (Tuesday) Nice: Cruising the sea side promenade, Old Nice, Riviera walk (from promenade des Angelais to Castle Hill)
May 2. (Wednesday) . Take a bus to St. Paul de Vence and from St.Paul de Vence to Vence.Return from Vence to Nice.
May 3. (Thursday). Take a bus for a day trip to Monaco.
May 4. (Friday). Take a bus to Villefrance-sur-Mer. See major attractions there. Walk to Cap Ferrat. Walk along Cap Ferrat. Visit Villa Ephrussi de Rotshild. Return to Nice.
May 5. (Saturday). Take a bus to Eze -le-Village. Maybe go down to Eze-Bord-de-Mer. Return to Nice.
May 6. (Sunday). Nice. (museums are free). Russian Cathedral, Chagall Museum. (Matisse museum is still closed), Fine Art museum, Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art), walk in Nice.
May 7. (Monday). Take a train to Antibes. Return to Nice.
May 8. (Tuesday). Take a train to Cannes. Take a boat to Sainte Marguirite. Return to Nice.
May 9. (Wednesday). Fly out of Nice.

Initially I was planning to take a day trip to St. Tropez from Nice. But there are no scheduled boats from Nice in May and there are no direct buses. Do you know if there are tour companies in Nice that offer day trips to St.Tropez from Nice? Would you recommend to go there?
If we go to St. Tropez, we can combine Eze with Monaco or Antibes with Cannes to have a full day for St. Tropez....
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Apr 24th, 2007, 04:59 PM
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>>May 1. (Tuesday) Nice: Cruising the sea side promenade, Old Nice<<

May 1 is a MAJOR holidy in France, and all the stores in Old Nice will probably be closed. Old Nice will look like a war zone because when the stores are closed, they pull down ugly aluminim shutters to protect the glass storefronts - and these shutters are covered with graffiti. It's the worst I've seen anywhere in France.

Don't know what I would suggest instead for this day - perhaps Monaco.

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Apr 24th, 2007, 07:54 PM
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A tour company I have used before is Viatour- I see online that they offer a number of excursions and one included St. Tropez. It was a full day, from Nice. Since I, too, prefer to not rent a car, I usually devote one day to a full tour like that, to a place(s) that would be difficult to get to on my own. The several times I've used their services (in three different countries)they have primarily provided transportation with some narrative as you drive- not quite as horribly tacky as some of the shopping focused ones!Pick up is either from your own hotel or a big one centrally located...
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Apr 25th, 2007, 07:19 PM
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Thank you!
Eze-le-Village is on my itinerary.
I am planning to take a bus to the village from Nice.
Is it worth spending the whole day there?
Is it a good idea to walk down from Eze-le-Village to Eze-Bord-de-Mer and take a bus from there back to Nice?
Thanks. Lev.
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Apr 26th, 2007, 06:26 AM
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>>Eze
Is it worth spending the whole day there?<<

I can't imagine it taking more than a couple of hours - unless you also have lunch there. It is quite small.

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