A French Riviera Tour! Just the words themselves evoke the feeling of warm air on your face, peaceful surroundings and the Mediterranean on your doorstep. Perfect.
But where exactly is the French Riviera? People speak about it as if it's one big city sometimes. You may know the French Riviera plays host to the Grand Prix and is home to the famous St.Tropez. You have probably heard of its French name - Côte d'Azur. It is found in the Southeast of France, bordering Italy. Part of the Riviera used to fall under Italian dominion before the Second Italian War of Independence. So, let’s have a closer look at this charming corner of the Mediterranean.
As you can probably guess from the location, the weather on the French Riviera is incredible. The reason the weather here is so nice is that it's situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps which protect the coast from the north winds and snow. This means that the winters are relatively dry. Perfect for a walking tour or driving around to see the amazing sites such as The Monte Carlo Casino, maybe the beaches in Saint-Tropez or Cours Saleya in Nice enjoying some of the famous Socca!
Aside from enjoying the great weather, what is there to do on the French Riviera? Well, here are a few tampering examples:
Still, these are just the tip of the iceberg of experiences you can experience along the famous French coast.
Riviera in English means ‘coastline’, so we can’t speak about the delights of the French Riviera without talking about the coast and in particular, the Cap-Sea. The huge stretch of coastline has deep, blue water perfect for you to take a dip or even better, take a boat out for the day! With how quiet and peaceful this place is you’ll feel more like you’re off the coast of your own private island where you can even go paddle boarding or diving.
We’ve spent a lot of time outdoors on our French Riviera tour, so let's head to Musée Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire for a change of pace. People have flocked to The French Riviera for reasons we’ve already discussed, but also for something hugely important to France that we haven’t really discussed yet, FOOD! This delightful culinary museum allows you to sample delicious food and learn about the chef that the museum was made in honor of - Auguste Escoffier. He invented a number of different cooking utensils to make life easier for chefs, what an interesting guy. So, go find out in person!
The south of France! On the border with Italy, Riviera means coastline, you can have a good guess as to where it is! It covers more than 880 kilometers from one end to another. There is debate as to where the Riviera starts and ends with the generally accepted ‘borders’ being from Toulon in the West to the Italian border in the East.
The main cities on the French Riviera are Nice (the biggest city in the region and 5th largest in France), as well as famously interesting places such as Cannes, Monaco, Saint-Tropez as well as more hidden gems in Antibes and Menton.
These are the well known popular destinations that most people think of when looking into a French Riviera Tour but it would remiss to neglect the lesser-known spots. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at the most popular tours to find the perfect fit for you.
It's well known that the Riviera receives a huge amount of tourists each year so the best time to visit is in Spring or Autumn. This means you avoid huge crowds of tourists and can enjoy the Riviera at your own pace.
As we’ve already discussed, the French Riviera has an abundance of activities and places to explore with so much to do, how can you fit it all in? Answer? Get a tour.
A tour of the French Riviera ensures you won’t do something we all experience at least once holiday: Getting excited to explore a new place but ending up lost, tired, hungry and settling for fast food!
Getting a tour means you will waste no time and can take advantage of all the local knowledge, info, and tips from your guide. The best spots to eat, to visit, which times of day are best etc. It can save you a lot of time and make sure you make the absolute most of your trip to this special place!
The main airport for the French Riviera is the Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur.
If this has to whet your appetite to come and explore this beautiful place for yourself, be sure to check out top-selling tours and activities at DoTravel!