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1 week South of France Trip - help!

Hi everyone

I am planning an anniversary trip to the South of France for a week in Mid July. Was planning on flying in and out of NICE. Can someone recommend a good itinerary? We definitely want to do some wine tasting, hang out on the beach.

Was definitely going to go to
- Nice
- Cannes
- Saint Tropez

Is Monaco worth it? What's the best way to get there? fly/boat?

Was thinking Air BNB instead of hotels. Thoughts?

Any info would be super helpful and appreciated!!!
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I think Transat flies into Marseille which isn't far from this area. I believe AC is doing Nice this summer. Both times I went with Air France via Paris.

You don't need to fly / take a boat in between these areas?! They are all neighbouring cities.

First trip I stayed in Nice and second time I stayed in Cannes. I like both- so I guess go where you can find accommodations. There is a train that runs between Cannes- Nice and Monaco. Between Nice and Cannes is like 30 minutes or so... Another 30+ minutes beyond Nice to Cannes. Trains are cheap and frequent so it's easy to hop between.

I went to St Tropez on the last trip.. We rented a car. I would think there's trains. I would probably spend a few days in St Tropez.
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Just realized you mentioned you are going for only a week. I would choose Nice or Cannes as a base and explore Monaco/St Tropez from there.
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Nice is a nice home base, with a cute little airport. It has a wonderful old city area and great "downtown" (area by the beaches) with lots of festival-feel nightlife. Nice beaches are okay, a little rocky. People do go topless occasionally but it's pretty tame. Would highly recommend the cave restaurant La Rossettisserie. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_R ... vence.html Huge portions, nice ambience, fairly reasonable, food is fresh fresh fresh! Make reservations!!!

Getting to Monaco is easy and definitely worth it. It's about a 6E bus ride around the windy hillside road from downtown Nice. Monaco has a nice beach (more pebbly rock, a little easier on the body). Restaurants are expensive. The casino is a must see, even if you just walk in a wander. Warning: no bags allowed. The cars outside are pretty impressive. The boats in the harbour are even more impressive!

I did not get west (Cannes, St. Tropez) but would like to next time and like Monaco there are buses to these cities. Beaches are better I think. Another consideration is a side trip to Corsica or Sardinia which are fairly close but a pricey ferry ride.
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BrunetteGirl wrote: I think Transat flies into Marseille which isn't far from this area. I believe AC is doing Nice this summer. Both times I went with Air France via Paris.

You don't need to fly / take a boat in between these areas?! They are all neighbouring cities.

First trip I stayed in Nice and second time I stayed in Cannes. I like both- so I guess go where you can find accommodations. There is a train that runs between Cannes- Nice and Monaco. Between Nice and Cannes is like 30 minutes or so... Another 30+ minutes beyond Nice to Cannes. Trains are cheap and frequent so it's easy to hop between.

I went to St Tropez on the last trip.. We rented a car. I would think there's trains. I would probably spend a few days in St Tropez.
Just curious how much did your trip cost you? Maybe a general breakdown of cost? What level of luxury did you travel in?

I'd love to do some budget travel/backpacking around Europe and South France and Monaco is an interesting place. I know the area is anything but a place know for budget travelers but I'm not interested in 5 star hotels and casinos. Just wanted to explore the city and the local food, take pictures of the architecture and use Air BnB for accomidations.
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Wow great advice so far. So if I'm only going for a week and flying in and out of nice. How many places are reasonable to go?

Also because we are there for only a week, we are going to be renting a car, to have more flexibility.
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tiagoO wrote: Just curious how much did your trip cost you? Maybe a general breakdown of cost? What level of luxury did you travel in?

I'd love to do some budget travel/backpacking around Europe and South France and Monaco is an interesting place. I know the area is anything but a place know for budget travelers but I'm not interested in 5 star hotels and casinos. Just wanted to explore the city and the local food, take pictures of the architecture and use Air BnB for accomidations.
I want to say we paid about $1000 ish for air (most recent: 2011) the first trip was 2009. Both times in June.

In Nice we started at Radisson Blu - Cannes we stayed at Intercontiental. I want to say we paid about $300 CAD a night. We wanted facilities like a nice pool area and good location. Check IBIS or Best Western hotels- they are usually quite superior in these areas.
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abc123yyz wrote: Wow great advice so far. So if I'm only going for a week and flying in and out of nice. How many places are reasonable to go?

Also because we are there for only a week, we are going to be renting a car, to have more flexibility.
I would choose a base (nice is a good option) and tour other areas from there...

1 day = arrival day
1 day = Cannes
1 day = St Tropez
1 day = Monaco
3 days = beach / sun / Nice
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Just back from France as of last evening - we started in Paris and moved down - Paris/ Beaune/ Avignon / Antibes. We did not do any wine tasting in Antibes however you do have options especially if you like Rose. http://winefolly.com/review/provence-wi ... with-maps/. While in Antibes (right beside Nice) we visited Nice and Monaco. Nothing takes more than about 1hr by train (Monaco being farthest out). Monaco is worth visiting for one day or even a half a day if you start early. I will say in visiting Nice we were glad that we were staying in Antibes – its more laidback, smaller, quieter and it has sand beaches (small though ) vs. rock beaches. Also if you are into restaurants Antibes has lots including several Michelin star. In Antibes we stayed at https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review ... vence.html which I could recommend. It cost about 1k for the 4nts. Nice is only about 15min by train away from Antibes.
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Stay in Nice, train are frequent in both directions. Renting an apartment is easy. Pick one east of the Negresco Hotel and you will be fine.
Monaco has a terrific aquarium, but the rest of the city...concrete jungle.
Go to Chez Antoin's in Nice, excellent food. Chez Palmrya is great too.
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BrunetteGirl wrote: I would choose a base (nice is a good option) and tour other areas from there...

1 day = arrival day
1 day = Cannes
1 day = St Tropez
1 day = Monaco
3 days = beach / sun / Nice
Thanks for the info. So should I just stay the whole week in Nice and make daytrips? We will rent a car (except for wine tours etc).
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abc123yyz wrote: Thanks for the info. So should I just stay the whole week in Nice and make daytrips? We will rent a car (except for wine tours etc).
That's what I would do- day trips would suffice. You really would only need the car for St Tropez. I would imagine without a car you could still do it.

You really don't need a car for Cannes or Monaco. The trains station is central in Nice and there is a train at least once an hour. I don't think I would rent a car the entire time. Parking would be expensive I imagine.
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Antibes is worth a day too...small town france
It's (well was) cheaper there than Nice, and a little more central.
We spent a week there and with a rental car visited Nice, Cannes, St. tropez and took the train to Monaco
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Booked a trip to Nice Mid-August earlier this year; thanks for all the info.

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