France – Loire Valley, French Riviera

Road Trip Through France

Start off in the French Riviera famous for its beaches, picturesque scenery and moderate climate. The region stretches from Marseille to the border of Italy, with the most popular portions on the Eastern end. Visit well known towns in such as Nice, Cannes and St. Tropez. Then head to Provence and experience the breathtaking purple lavender fields, craggy olive trees, multicolored vineyards, towering cliffs and ancient villages. 

Sample Itinerary

5 DAY TRIP TO FRANCE – LOIRE VALLEY, FRENCH RIVIERA

Day 1

 

Arrive at Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport in Nice, France. Pick up your rental car and head to your luxurious hotel where you will be staying for the next three nights while you explore Nice and its surroundings.

Day 2

 

Today, explore Nice’s lively and bustling Old Town, then take a short drive to the quaint greenery of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Jump in the waters of Paloma Beach for a quick swim or hike one of the peaceful walking trails before settling in to watching the sun set over Nice.

Day 3

 

Take the coastal road up to micro-nation Monaco to see how the other half lives in Monte Carlo. Be sure to check out the small historic quarter (Monaco-Ville) with the Prince’s Palace along with the casino and fancy yachts. Once you’ve had enough of the flamboyant wealth, return to Nice via the inland road, making stops at La Turbie and Eze for spectacular views over the bay.

Day 4

 

Spend the morning relaxing in Nice either sunbathing on the pebble beach, sampling local food at the farmers market or taking a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais before heading on the half hour drive from Nice to Antibes where you will stay for two nights. Go for a leisurely lunch in a little restaurant or creperie in the compact old town. Burn off all that good food with a walk through the pedestrianized streets then around the picturesque waterfront. Stop by for a look at the Picasso Museum, housed in a former chateau built upon the ancient Greek city of Antipolis.

Day 5

 

Drive to Garoupe Beach to hike the meandering coastal path around the Cap d’Antibes. It’s an easy walk which should take a couple of hours, returning via the inland path. Swim in the sparkling calm waters at Juan les Pins and make sure to stick around for the sunset.

Sample Itinerary

5 DAY TRIP TO FRANCE – LOIRE VALLEY, FRENCH RIVIERA

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