Last Updated on December 29, 2023

Ahhh, the French Riviera. You know you’re going, what you need now is your travel itinerary French Riviera.

With its stunning architecture, crystal-clear waters and vibrant culture, it is hard not to fall in love with this beautiful place – and that’s why I feel so lucky to call it home!

Looking for the best way to spend two weeks in the Cote d’Azur? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

This guide covers some of the best places in the region and will help make sure that your two weeks on the French Riviera are as memorable as possible.

Keep reading for a 2-week itinerary to the French Riviera.

The Ultimate 2-week itinerary for the French Riviera

For this itinerary, I have decided to use Nice as a base as it has the lowest prices for accommodation and is well connected to all the other cities by train and bus.

However, feel free to spend the nights in any other city on the French Riviera as you wish if that’s more convenient for you.

Day 1: Arrive in Nice and explore the city

Start off your holiday in one of the most beautiful cities in France!

Spend a day exploring Nice’s charming center, taking a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, or trying out some of the delicious local specialties like socca and pan bagnat.

Looking for a place to stay? Here’s an apartment on the Promenade with a sea view and private garden!

Day 2: Day trip from Nice to Monaco

View of Monaco. Photo by Camile Neves.
View of Monaco. Photo by Camile Neves.

Take a train from Nice to the luxurious principality of Monaco, where you can explore its stunning port and old town. The day trip from Nice to Monaco is easy and rewarding.

Make sure to visit Monte Carlo’s iconic casino, visit the oceanography museum, and walk around the Saint Martin gardens.

Finally, grab a late lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants and cafes located in this fashionable city – Huit & Demi and Amici Miei are great options.

Day 3: Nice – Castle Hill and Musée Matisse

The third day of your French Riviera journey will take you back to Nice, where you can climb the stairs to the top of Castle Hill and admire some of the best views in Nice before heading over to Musée Matisse – home to some of the artist’s most beautiful artwork.

Day 4: Hike up to the medieval village of Èze

Cobblestone street in Eze. Photo by Camile Neves.
Cobblestone street in Eze. Photo by Camile Neves.

On the fourth day, make a day trip to the small village of Èze.

To get to the village, which sits atop an ancient hill overlooking the stunning coastline, you can either take a bus or hike the Nietzsche Path from the train station.

Once you are there, explore its cobbled streets and soak in the incredible atmosphere. Visiting Le Jardin Exotique is another must.

Pro-tip: before you take the train back to Nice, visit the beach that’s located right below the train station. It’s wonderful and not crowded!

Day 5: Day trip from Nice France – the beaches of Cannes

On day five, take another day trip from Nice France and make your way to glamorous Cannes – home of the world-famous film festival!

Spend some time lounging on one of its many stunning beaches, or take a stroll along La Croisette and admire the luxury boutiques and hotels lining this famous promenade.

If you have energy left, head over to one of its fancy bars for some evening fun.

Day 6: Rest day in Nice

Your travel itinerary French Riviera has reached it’s midway point and you deserve a break. Day seven is a rest day in Nice, so be sure to take advantage of it.

Enjoy some downtime by relaxing in one of the city’s squares (Place Garibaldi is my fave) or head over to the beach for a lazy afternoon in the sun.

Day 7: Explore St-Paul de Vence

Take your eighth day to explore the beautiful town of St-Paul de Vence – the former home of many famous artists such as Matisse and Picasso.

Explore its winding, cobblestone streets and get lost among its art galleries, charming shops, and enchanting cafes.

Day 8: Vieux Nice

On day nine,  explore Vieux Nice – the colorful and vibrant old town of Nice. Taking a stroll through its narrow streets and marveling at its stunning pastel-colored buildings is definitely one of the best things to do in Nice.

Don’t forget to try out some of their local delicacies such as socca (a chickpea pancake) or salade niçoise, or take some time to explore the many markets and boutiques.

Day 9: Visit Antibes and Juan-les-Pins

Antibes. Photo by Camile Neves.
Antibes. Photo by Camile Neves.

Another a day trip from Nice France worth your time is to the beautiful town of Antibes, located between Cannes and Nice.

Here you can explore its old port, lined with trendy restaurants and cafes, see the Picasso Museum and visit nearby Juan-les-Pins – famous for its vibrant nightlife and sandy beaches.

Day 10: Visit the village of Menton

For a little taste of Italy, take your tenth day to visit the city of Menton, located on the Italian border.

Some of the best things to do in Menton include strolling around its old town, having lemon sorbet, and seeing the gorgeous Basilica of Saint Michael Archangel.

Day 11: Hike Sentier du Litoral to Villefranche-sur-Mer

Start your final day on this travel itinerary French Riviera with a hike along the Sentier du Litoral, which leads from Nice to Villefranche-sur-Mer – home of some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches and grand villas.

Stay in Villafranche for lunch (Les Garçons and La Grignotière are good options) before hiking back or taking the bus to Nice.

Day 12: Explore Grasse, the world’s perfume capital

For your last day, make a half-day visit to Grasse – the world’s perfume capital. Visit its stunning old town and explore its many museums and factories producing some of France’s finest perfumes.

Stop for lunch at one of its quaint restaurants before heading back to Nice in the evening.

Day 13: Nice + boat tour of the Riviera

For your final day, take a boat tour around the French Riviera and admire its stunning coastline from a different perspective. Then, head back to Nice for one last stroll around its beautiful old town before preparing to say goodbye to this amazing region.

Day 14: Departure

On your fourteenth and final day, take a last-minute walk around the Promenade, soak up some last-minute sunshine on the beach, or sit back and relax with a cup of coffee in one of the charming cafes in Place Massena..

Then, it’s time to pack your bags and say goodbye to this beautiful part of France as you head off home.

Beach at the Promenade des Anglais Nice France. Camile Neves.
Beach at the Promenade des Anglais Nice France. Camile Neves.

Conclusion: French Riviera 2-week itinerary

That’s a wrap! This 2-week itinerary exploring the French Riviera it’s a busy one, but guarantees an incredible vacation.

From luxurious beachside towns, to scenic cliff-tops and quaint medieval villages – this itinerary covers it all.

I hope you have a wonderful time on the French Riviera and please don’t hesitate to leave any questions in the comments.

Au revoir et bonne chance! (Good bye and good luck!)

Written by Camila Neves

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