Provence/French Riviera Itinerary help

Old Aug 12th, 2009, 06:18 AM
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Provence/French Riviera Itinerary help

We will be visiting the French Riviera for 4 days (Nice, Monaco and Eze are on the top of our list). Would we have time to visit the Provence (St. Remey, Aix-en Provence, Le Beaux, Cassis) for one or two days, or should we spend all of our trip at the French Riviera? Any itinerary suggestions? We will rent a car if we go to the Provence.

Also, any great hotel recommendatios?
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 06:25 AM
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There's a lot to do on the Riviera- be sure to go to the Jacques Cousteau museum in Monaco (actually an aquarium). We spent a full week there recently, and just scratched the surface. Provence is a fairly long drive. For a taste of a similar area, you can drive to Grasse (perfume factories that will blend your own) and stop at St. Paul de Vence on the way back.
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 06:31 AM
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What ethrush said. With only 4 days, stick to the coast. Cassis is on the coast and reachable by train, but it would be a long daytrip.
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 07:34 AM
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Last year we drove to Ste. Maxime took the boat over to St. Tropez and continued on to Provence. I think it is definitely worth the trip to drive to Provence!

Is it worth the drive for only 2 days??

That depends on you. Staying in Nice for 6 days is quite comfortable. Perhaps some shorter day trips from Nice would be better. Villefranche-sur-mer is a nice little side trip.
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Old Aug 12th, 2009, 08:41 AM
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Stick to the Nice area. There are just as many cute little villages in the Nice hinterland and the Var backcountry as there are in Provence. You'll loose at least 1/2 day of vacation time driving to & from Provence. We've spent a total of 32 weeks exploring these two regions.

Do you have my 27+ page Cote d'Azur & Provence itinerary? There are plenty of things to do in my itinerary within 1 1/2 hrs of Nice (by car or train) that will keep you on-the-go for 7 days. e-mail me at [email protected] if you want a copy.

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Hi! This summer I've visited the French Riviera with my family and have stayed at Relais de Font Mourier, which has been a very good starting point to explore the surrounding areas and cities. The relais has also lots of guest services like the swimming pool, WiFi, tennis court, turkish bath
Take a look:
http://www.relais-defontmourier.com/it/description.htm
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Old Aug 20th, 2009, 11:30 AM
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This place looks very nice. I think we will stay in the Nice area, since we are only visiting for 4 days. Thanks!
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see my trip log AH Provence
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When are you going? What is your hotel budget?

You already have a full plate with Nice, Monaco and Eze and only 4 days. On to planning what to see on those cities and how to get there.
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