12 days in Italian Riviera & South of France Itinerary

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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
La Croix-Valmer, France
— 3 nights
Porquerolles Island, France
— 1 night
Ferry to Station Maritime, Train to Cannes
Cannes, France
— 5 nights


Cinque Terre, Italy — 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baia del Silenzio and Spiaggia di Fegina. Take a break from the city and head to Footpath Monterosso - Vernazza and Cinque Terre Trails. Explore Cinque Terre's surroundings by going to Sestri Levante (Hike the Punta Manara & Sun Beach). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll around Vernazza, identify plant and animal life at Enjoy Cinqueterre Boat Tours, trek along Sentiero Vernazza a Corniglia, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail 2.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cinque Terre trip planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Cinque Terre is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bucharest in March: high temperatures in Cinque Terre hover around 18°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Croix-Valmer.
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La Croix-Valmer, France — 3 nights

La Croix-Valmer is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Geographythumb La Croix-Valmer is at the foot of the Massif des Maures hills in the Bay of Cavalaire-sur-Mer, halfway between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez.HistoryThe Emperor Constantine the Great, on the way to wage war against his brother-in-law Maxentius in 312 AD, is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky stating "in hoc signo vinces" (by this sign you will conquer) at the location where La Croix-Valmer is now situated. Get outdoors at Plage de Gigaro and Plage de Vergeron. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Plage Des Brouis and Plage de La Fossette. Venture out of the city with trips to Sentier du littoral - Le Lavandou - Plage de la Fossette (in Le Lavandou) and Bormes-Les-Mimosas (Plage de Cabasson & Poussiere de Lune). Next up on the itinerary: soak in style at Pause Serenite, kick back and relax at Heraclee Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Sylvabelle, and do a tasting at Chateau de Chausse.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Croix-Valmer visit website.

Traveling by car from Cinque Terre to La Croix-Valmer takes 5.5 hours. March in La Croix-Valmer sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Porquerolles Island.
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Porquerolles Island, France — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de la Courtade, then kick back and relax at Plage Notre Dame, then admire the masterpieces at Villa Carmignac, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Argent.

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Traveling by car from La Croix-Valmer to Porquerolles Island takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cannes.
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Cannes, France — 5 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Plage des Ondes and Castel Plage. Get in touch with nature at Lérins Islands and Plage Mace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannes: Nice (Colline du Chateau overlook, Old Town, &more) and Musee Escoffier de l'Art Culinaire (in Villeneuve-Loubet). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of La Croisette, get to know the fascinating history of Le Suquet, and stop by Lavallie Bijoux et Joaillerie.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannes trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Porquerolles Island to Cannes by combination of ferry and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Italian Riviera travel guide

Aquariums · Beaches · Landmarks
Sandwiched between the Ligurian Sea and the Alps and Apennines, the Italian Riviera is a narrow coastal strip with a string of places to visit, from upscale seaside resorts to fishing villages. It's enormously popular with both Italian and foreign tourists. You can easily escape the crowds by venturing farther away from the sea and sightseeing in the hillside villages of the inland area. The western section of the Riviera is touted for its roses, almonds, and citrus groves, while the eastern part features a much more rugged terrain and several nature and marine preserves. The Riviera's mild climate and its charming fishing ports have made it not only a popular holiday destination for tourists, but also an inspiration for artists like Byron and Shelley, both of whom traveled extensively here.