14 days in France & Amalfi Coast Itinerary

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Nice, France
— 5 nights
Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Fly to Naples, Ferry to Positano
Positano, Italy
— 2 nights
Ferry to Sorrento, Fly to New York City


Nice, France — 5 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Basilica St. Michel. Haut de Cagnes and Promenade Le Corbusier will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Tourrettes-sur-Loup (in Tourrettes-sur-Loup). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, contemplate the long history of Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Nice tour itinerary builder site.

New York City, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Nice. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Nice at 58°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.
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Saint-Tropez, France — 2 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, stroll through Plage de Pampelonne, and then go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Port Grimaud 1 Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Grimaud, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez trip maker site.

Drive from Nice to Saint-Tropez in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Nice in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saint-Tropez, with lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes and then wander the streets of La Croisette. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet and then head off the coast to Lérins Islands.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Cannes can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Positano.
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Positano, Italy — 2 nights

Often referred to as the gem of the Amalfi Coast, Positano remains one of southern Italy's most sought-after vacation locales, thanks to its hillside location and picturesque, pastel buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Fornillo. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Ravello, don't miss a visit to Villa Rufolo, then admire the natural beauty at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Positano attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Cannes to Positano in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cannes in December since evenings lows in Positano dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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France travel guide

France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Amalfi Coast travel guide

Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Gardens
Renowned for its beautiful landscape and medieval fishing villages that cling precariously to the Mediterranean cliffs, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy's top vacation destinations. This World Heritage Site stretches for about 50 km (30 mi) on the southern side of the Sorrentine peninsula and offers numerous places to visit, from terraced lemon gardens and whitewashed villas to cliff-top views of the sea. Explore the coastline's towns, bays, and resorts. During the peak tourist season, the Amalfi Coast's single seaside road is often jammed with dozens of buses. For that reason, the ubiquitous scooter may be the best way to get around and sightsee. You can also access quite a bit by bicycle.