With direct flights from New York and easy access via TGV from Paris, Nice is quickly becoming the go-to southern base for visitors who want to explore a different part of France. While you can spend a lot of time in Nice itself, it’s also a great base for day trips around the region. Here are our picks for the best day trips from Nice.
Anyone who returns from a trip to the French Riviera will tell you that it’s shockingly beautiful – especially for being so busy. The French just have a knack for combining modern amenities with Old World charm and at the same time, preserving the natural beauty of the region. That’s great news for anyone who’s planning a trip here, but there’s one catch: There are scores of villages and cities along the coast, and no one has enough time to see them all. But have no fear! We are here to help, with our picks for the most beautiful places in the French Riviera. See you there!
In 2014 the Nice Carnival will be celebrating its 130th year of fun and frolicking before the Catholic Lenten season, and its theme is “The King of Gastronomy” – which sounds like it’s going to be a real feast as well! Let’s take a look at what you can expect at the Nice Carnival, no matter what year you decide to come.
Long a favorite port of call, Toulon is a popular port city on the western end of the French Riviera. It has a cute historical center, and if you don’t want to stray too far from your cruise ship, you could do worse than spending the day there.
But the real of draw of Toulon is not the city itself, but rather its strategic location along the coast. Sure, first-time Mediterranean cruisers might prefer Nice or Monaco, but Toulon – at least from this local’s point of view – is where it’s at if you want to have a unique shore excursion experience.
No, you won’t see Beyonce and Jay-Z on a yacht. You won’t be partying with supermodels until dawn at a beachside club. But you also won’t be paying premium prices, you’ll have the place all to yourself, and you may even come away with a sun-kissed face! It’s the French Riviera in winter, and it’s glorious.
Even from a distance, it’s clear to see that the Palais des Papes dominates not only the skyline of Avignon, but the space within the city’s walls as well. And after seeing it up close, you will be left with no doubt that it is the world’s largest Gothic palace.
It’s funny; for as well known and loved as Van Gogh’s Provençal paintings are, it doesn’t occur to many travelers that this same Provence is alive and well today – and that it is possible to find Van Gogh in Provence, if you know where to look.
The area between Lyon and Avignon in Provence is home to the Rhône Valley, the wine region that produces some of the world’s finest wines. Visiting the Rhône Valley from Avignon is easy and fun, and you can do it just for the day, or head out over several days to get a more comprehensive overview of this incredible part of France.