Eze is between Nice and Monte Carlo, so you could easily visit both on the same trip or tour. Not a whole lot to see in Cannes, though of course it's always nice to say you've been someplace as famous as it is. St. Tropez is prettier and more interesting, but I understand that traffic is a nightmare in July and August, if that's when you're in the area. Perhaps a local expert can give you better advice about that.
In my opinion the most interesting places near Nice are Eze, Villefranche/Cap Ferrat, Antibes, St Paul de Vence. Not much worth seeing in Cannes and Monaco is not much better. St Tropez is a long way and a difficult journey from Nice.
In my experience the very rich feel happier in Cannes and Monaco, as they are nervous of the many poor people in Nice.
I don't like Cannes or Monte Carlo: the first is rather grubby IMO and the second a concrete jungle. Eze is lovely and has a great garden with megacacti in it. How energetic are you? you can take the train to Eze by the sea and walk up the Nietzsche path to the main village, or take a bus to the main village. You can also take the train up into the mountains to Entrevaux, lovely scenery and great mediaeval castle. Also I would walk around the coast to Villefranche and Cap Ferrat to see how the rich people live.
We were in France the first 2 weeks of July. We loved Nice. Take the time to see Nice, too. We loved the Vielle Ville. Take the walk up Castle Hill ( off the promenade) to see great views.
Villefranche-sur-mer is like walking into a postcard- gorgeous! We then took the walk to the Ephrussi-Rothchild Manor. It had magnificent gardens and views! It is only 15 minutes on the train, and very worth it!! Fabulous!
Eze is gorgeous! You can do that the same day as Monte Carlo- only a few minute train trip between them. Eze is an amazing medieval village! We loved it! If you are going to be on the train, get off at Eze and then you will need to take a bus up to the village. The bus stop is right off of the train stop. It is worth it. You could then do Monte Carlo in the evening.
You could also do Cannes and Antibes in one day. Same thing, they are close on the train. We liked Antibes much better.
We did not venture to St. Tropez. Hopefully we will return one day to do that. We ran out of days. :(
I'll second St Paul de Vence - if you like art - The Colombe D'or for food surrounded by fab pics, nearby Fondation Maeght for another art fix, lots of galleries and shops in the village itself, place made complete by the petanque players opposite the Colombe D'Or.
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