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Welcome to French Riviera

Along the southern coast of France, between Provence and the Mediterranean Sea, is an area known as the French Riviera. This collection of seaside resort towns is famous for its gorgeous scenery, laid-back lifestyle, sandy beaches, boutique shopping, and beautiful people. The French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur, as it's more technically known, stretches from St-Tropez in the east all the way to the French-Italian border. The biggest city is Nice, and other popular destinations include Cannes, home to a famous annual film festival; Antibes, where visitors can see Roman ruins; the pretty hilltop town of Eze; and the independent city-state of Monaco. Spend time strolling the beachfront promenades, people watching from sidewalk cafés, or soaking up the sun on the beach. If you're looking for a taste of the high life, charter a private yacht from Cannes, fly over Nice in a helicopter, or get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini or Ferrari. While cities along this pretty coast are popular day trip destinations on their own, they're also good bases for exploring other parts of Provence. Travelers can head into the hills to explore the town of Grasse and its Fragonard perfumery, or see the ancient Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard in Verdon Gorge. It's even possible to spend a day shopping in some charming Italian markets on a day trip from Cannes or Nice.

Top 10 attractions in French Riviera

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Île Sainte-Marguerite

Île Sainte-Marguerite

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A 20-minute ferry ride across the waters of the Mediterranean Sea transports travelers from the high-class commotion of Cannes to the tranquil Île Sainte-Marguerite, a small island with more pine trees than people. Bring your walking shoes and your love for the great outdoors for the perfect day trip away from it all.More
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Eze

Eze

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With its twisting cobblestone lanes, jumble of medieval houses, and shady courtyards lined with traditional cafés, Eze is a tranquil village high above the glamorous resorts and golden beaches of the Cote d’Azur. The hilltop town, traditionally written Èze, is undeniably picturesque, affording panoramic views over the Mediterranean, and its timeless charm has made it a firm favorite on French Riviera itineraries.More
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Promenade des Anglais

Promenade des Anglais

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A stylish walkway monopolizing four miles (six kilometers) along the Bay of Angels, the Walk of the English (Promenade des Anglais or La Prom) is a Nice icon offering stunning views, enticing pit stops, and the best people-watching in the city. Grab your bike, skates, or shoes—and don’t forget your swimsuit—for a sunny afternoon in Nice.More
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Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

Nice Old Town (Vieux Nice)

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A honeycomb of narrow streets dotted with baroque churches, lively markets, bustling squares, and a thriving nightlife scene, Nice’s Old Town (Vieux Nice) remains the buzzing heart the modern French city. This seafront historic center offers an atmospheric introduction to Nice.More
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La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette)

La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette)

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The beating heart of Cannes, La Croisette Boulevard (Boulevard de la Croisette) is an oceanfront promenade lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, and thronged with both vacationers and glamorous locals. Whether you’re stopping for lunch, dinner, or people-watching as you walk along, a stroll along this iconic street is a must-do for Cannes visitors.More
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Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

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The colossal Film Festival Palace hosts high-profile media and business events, most notably, the Cannes Film Festival, which draws movie stars and media from all over the world for two dizzying weeks in May. Its privileged location, across from the sun-kissed Boulevard de la Croisette and the Mediterranean Sea, is appropriately glamorous.More
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Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)

Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya)

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Nice's Cours Saleya Flower Market (Marché aux Fleurs Cours Saleya) is a veritable feast for the senses—floral fragrances rise in the air, vendors call out in French to mingling locals, and flower bouquets burst forth from every stall. Add the fresh produce market, sidewalk cafes, and weekly antiques fair, and it’s no wonder the market is a must while in Provence.More
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Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso)

Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso)

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One of the cultural highlights of the French Riviera, the Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso) is located in the heart of Antibes, between Cannes and Nice. Housed in the 14th-century Grimaldi Castle—where Picasso lived in 1946—the museum exhibits several hundred works by the modernist master.More
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Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon)

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With its dramatic limestone cliffs and azure waters, the Verdon Gorge (Gorges du Verdon) is one of the French Riviera's most delightful secrets. Escape the manicured glamour of St. Tropez and Cannes in favor of the canyon, which provides opportunities to swim, sail, sunbathe, and rock climb on routes that stretch as far as the eye can see.More
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Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

Castle Hill (Colline du Château)

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Rising up over the eastern end of Quai des États-Unis, the 300-foot Castle Hill (Colline du Château) affords fantastic views over the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town of Vieux Nice, the Baie des Anges, and the glittering Côte d’Azur.More

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French Riviera Day Trips from Nice

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French Riviera in One Day

French Riviera in One Day

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Monaco, Monte Carlo, Eze, la Turbie Full-Day from Nice Small-Group Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in French Riviera

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Best day trip
Didhiti_B, Oct 2021
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
The best way to see the French Riviera.
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It was just perfect to...
anama95, Oct 2021
The Best of the Riviera Small group Guided full Day Tour
It was just perfect to see some of the towns at the French Riviera, very well informed tour guide, we wish we could spend a little more time at Monaco since we didn’t get to see the palace or the town.
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Wonderful tour
David_H, Oct 2021
❤️ ⭐️ Walking Tour of Old Nice / Castle Hill Small-Group
Our guide, Chris, was amazing, had excellent English and was very knowledgeable.
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French Riviera
Chrissy_G, Sep 2021
French Riviera in One Day
My friend & I had a lovely day getting to see more of the French Riviera.
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Great tour
Annie_B, Jul 2021
French Riviera in One Day
A long day but worth it to see so much of the french Riviera.
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French Riviera small group day trip
Tina, Feb 2020
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
Andreas our guide was very gracious and so informative This was a great day trip included just what you need to see on the French Riviera and what it’s all about .
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Pleasant boattrip !
Menno_A, Sep 2019
Coastal Cruise from Nice
It took us along the coast line of the French Riviera with very informative comments in the English and French language.
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Top Notch Tour Guide
Dina_S, Aug 2019
Cannes Shore Excursion: Private Tour of the French Riviera
We booked this tour off a cruise to see the french riviera and our guide Rene was Awesome!!
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So happy we did this tour! Jenna our...
Dipali_S, Jul 2018
Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Half-day from Cannes small-Group and Shore Excursion
Definitely, a nice way to see the French Riviera with so little time when taking a cruise.
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A good way to see some of the French...
Simon R, Sep 2017
Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Eze Half-day from Cannes small-Group and Shore Excursion
A good way to see some of the French Riviera when limited for time.
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A great day trip out to St Tropez on...
Leanne B, Sep 2014
Ferry from Cannes to St Tropez
A wonderful way to see the coastline of the French Riviera and beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
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If you have limited time it was a...
LUANA T, Oct 2014
Small-Group Evening Tour and Dinner in Monte Carlo from Nice
If you have limited time it was a good way to see a little bit of the French Riviera and take a glimpse of Monte Carlo.
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Great way to see the countryside of...
Abigail, May 2013
Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Grasse Perfumery Visit from Nice
Great way to see the countryside of the French Riviera.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our day with...
John M, Aug 2011
French Riviera Small-Group Day Trip from Cannes
Manuel was knowledgeable and very responsive to making our tour suited to what we wanted to see and do.
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This is a must do when you're in the...
NINA, May 2011
Monaco and Eze Small-Group Day Trip with Perfumery Visit from Nice
Eze is a charming town and gives stunning views, can't wait to visit again.
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Small group tour of French Riviera
Mark_H, Aug 2019
French Riviera Cannes to Monte-Carlo Discovery Small Group Day Trip from Nice
We were able to see so many areas of the French Riviera in one day.
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Great condensed tour of the French Riviera!
Lilybeth E, Oct 2019
Best of the French Riviera with Cannes, Monaco & More shared guided tour
It was the best way to see bits of the French Riviera if you only have a day to spare.
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We had a wonderful time on this...
Demarie A, Dec 2017
Provence Countryside Small Group Day Trip with Grasse Perfumery Visit from Nice
This is a great tour for people who want to see various parts of the French Riviera but aren't sure how to do it.
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This tour was nothing short of...
Bigblue527, May 2017
Cannes Shore Excursion : Private Custom Tour French Riviera Highlights with Local Guide
She took us to all the places we asked to visit and provided plenty of historical facts about the Cote D'Azur along the way.
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I did not know what to expect on...
Ambernay T, Jun 2018
Côtes de Provence Small Group Day Trip with Winery Visits & Tastings from Nice
This tour was a great way to see some of the lesser traveled parts of the French Riviera and the Provence region.
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