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Programs on sunny and rainy days, Cote d'Azur

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Programs on sunny and rainy days, Cote d'Azur

My family (our parents, my sister, me) will spend 4 full days around the Cote d'Azur with sleeping base at the Nice Centre Gare. I have problem with combining our programs, especially considering that according to the weather forecast only 2 days would be sunny, and 2 days would be rainy/stormy. We won't have a car, we will travel by train and bus (maybe little taxi). We can wake up early, and go back to our base in the evening.

Could you give me some suggestions on the itenary or maybe some ideal combinations from the below planned programs, towns? So which programs or towns shall we (or shall we not) combine with what on the two sunny days and on the two rainy/stormy days? Even some little advice is appriciated. Thanks. Programs we would be interested in:


We would like to see as much as possible in Monaco, especially gardens. We would like to go to Monaco on one of the two sunny days.

1. Going around with the open bus (1/2 h)

2. Going around with the petit train (1/2 h) (assuming it goes elsewhere)

3. Oceonographic Museum (1 h)

4. Exotic Garden (1/2 h)

5. Japanese Garden (1/2 h)

6. Park around the Casino (1/2 h)

7. Walk a bit in the harbour (1/2 h)

8. Guard Change, Palace (1/2 h)


9. Go around the little village on the hill (1/2 h) (on a sunny day)

10. Maybe: Go up to the exotic garden (just for the sea view) (1/2 h) (on a sunny day)

Cap Ferrat:

11. Villa Ephrussi Rotschild (2 h) (only the garden) (maybe in rain, but preferred on a sunny day)


12. Walk around the old town (1 h) (maybe in rain)

13. (Maybe Val Rahmeh garden, 1/2 h) (maybe in rain)


(These could be split among days)

14. Castle Hill, sea view (going up with the lift) (1/2 h) (on a sunny day)

15. Promenade des Anglais (1/2 h) (on a sunny day)

16. Old town walking (1 h) (maybe in rain)

17. Food market (1/2 or 1 hour) (maybe including some guided market tour) (maybe in rain)

18. Phoenix Parc Floral de Nice (1/2 or 1 h) (maybe in rain)

19. (If we have some more time in rain: Some indoor program, e.g. some factory visit. No fine art museum.)


20. Marineland (one dolphin show) (1-2 h?) (maybe in rain)

(Maybe: Grasse)

(21. Maybe Grasse parfume factory, if we cannot do anything else on a rainy day in Nice.)

We would like to travel once with the train that goes along the coast line and has beautiful view on the sea. I read somewhere it is a railway line on the higher level of two railway levels, and goes maybe somewhere between Menton and Antibes (maybe near Monaco/Nice?).

Thank you.

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1. Re: Programs on sunny and rainy days, Cote d'Azur

when are you planning this all to happen?

There are double decker trains and there are train lines into the mountains but there is no higher level train line on the coast.

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2. Re: Programs on sunny and rainy days, Cote d'Azur

Thanks SelkieNice. We will be in the Cd'A between 3-6 Sep (arrival 2nd Sep evening, leave 6th Sep evening). Yesterday the Meteo France website forecasted only the 3rd-4th to be sunny, and 5th-6th to be rainy/stormy. Now I can see the updated forecast: also the 5th is forecasted to be sunny. So we would have 3 sunny days and 1 rainy day.

What do you think about the below combination?

1. I can see a lot of people combine Monaco with Eze village. This could be our 1st sunny day.

2. I think Nice could be planned for the 2nd sunny day (or maybe Eze could be here, too).

3. Cap Ferrat (only the Rotschild Villa) and Menton (old town) could be on the 3rd sunny day.

4. Antibes (Marineland dolphine show) could be on the stormy day (6th Sep).

(I don't think we would have time for Grasse)

What do you think of this combination? Thanks.

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3. Re: Programs on sunny and rainy days, Cote d'Azur

I really wouldn't sweat too much over the details...forecasts change, especially in coastal areas I think you have a handle on your options and "how to's," and you can let things progress as they may around the weather. It's been my experience that rainy days are kind of "stop and start," and I usually spend those days in the larger towns where I can dash in and out of museums, cafes, shops and other venues. I've also had "downpour" days and with the right rain gear, I've kept going. You are right to keep Eze for your best day because the view is best on a clear day, and personally, I would do Cap Ferrat on a sunny day (and add Villefranche to your plans!). I've been fine in Nice, Antibes, and though not on your agenda, Cannes in the rain or drizzle...but be assured, I've wished it wasn't so. ;-)

It is what it is, and you will make it work. I would suggest keeping an eye on the Weather Channel's "Hour by Hour" forecasts and plan your rainy day(s) around what that might be showing. I've found that forecast mode helpful and usually find the rainfall may not be as ominous as it might appear in the daily listing. Also, prioritize your destinations in terms of your priorities and your "can't live withouts" Everyone has their own list of "must do's," and that's something only you can decide.

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4. Re: Programs on sunny and rainy days, Cote d'Azur

Troggs, Thank you for your suggestions.

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