I am planning a trip with some friends in Oct2014 and would like to seek your expert advice! Tripadvisor has been great in helping me plan my trip, I have a rough idea of what I want to see/do. Please help in letting me know if the below makes sense and if I am missing out on any major attractions/must do.
Some background, we are a group of 5 in our early 30s, fit condition, mainly interested in major sights (not much of a Museum type people though), small and quaint villages, markets are a must and also we want to experience the food of the area. We are planning to arrive in Nice from Paris on 4Oct in the evening and leaving Nice on 14Oct. For the sake of simple planning I will be posting two posts, one for the French Riviera and one for the Provence/Luberon area. This one is for French Riviera itinerary first. Appreciate all your inputs, thanks in advance!
4 Oct Day 1 - Arrive in Nice, get a good night's rest since we are traveling from Asia and will have around 20 hours of travel.
5 Oct, Day 2 - Explore Old Nice, go to the market on Cours Saleya, grab bus to go to Monaco explore the city til the afternoon. Go back to Nice and explore Nice at night.
6 Oct, Day 3 - Take bus to explore the old villages around Nice:
- Eze in the AM where we will go to J’ardin de Eze ,
7 Oct, Day 4 – Pick up rental car and drive to Cannes in the AM where we will be basing ourselves for the next two nights. (I would also welcome any other suggestion as to where to base ourselves. Mainly we are looking for a place where it’s alive even at night but not too busy).
Explore Cannes after checking into hotel for the rest of the day that will include la Croisette.
8 Oct, Day 5 – Drive to Antibes in the morning, get some breakfast and explore the city a bit. Drive to Gorges Du Verdon and spend the rest of the day there, a picnic with the things we get from Antibes/Cannes, perhaps? Return to Cannes for dinner.
That’s basically what I have for French Riviera, I am okay to add another day in the French Riviera side if any of you have more suggestions on where to go.