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.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Get some historical perspective at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild and Basilica St. Michel. Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Promenade Le Corbusier (in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, contemplate the long history of Villa Kerylos, and step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes.

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New York City, USA to Nice is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Nice is 6 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Nice can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (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 3rd (Thu): examine the collection at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Pampelonne, and then take in the waterfront activity at St. Tropez Harbor. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Grimaud 1 Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Grimaud, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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You can 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 November, Saint-Tropez is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take a stroll through Rue d'Antibes and then get a taste of the local shopping with La Croisette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Le Suquet and then take a peaceful walk through Lérins Islands.

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You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Cannes in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Cannes are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to 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.
On the 7th (Mon), stroll through Fornillo. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Ceramiche d'Arte Carmela, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Ravello, admire the striking features of Villa Rufolo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Cimbrone Gardens, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Sant'Andrea.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Cannes to Positano takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Cannes in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Positano, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough 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.