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What to do/see in French Riviera w/ only 3 days?

Posted by mj-185311 - Created: 15 years ago
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Can anyone recommend places to visit and things to see for visitors who only have 3 days next weekend?  I've only been here a month so don't know much myself and don't drive. 

Suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks. 

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Posted by MikeP-180526 - 15 years ago

As many of the most rewarding places are inland (as someone said - avoid Cannes) and therefore barely accessible by public transport, consider contacting one of the tour companies and organising a private tour (with driver guide) for one of the three days.  Not as expensive as you might think especially if the cost is split up between participants.

Cabbie's suggestions could easily fill the other two days. 

The trains along the coast are good and frequent, the difficulty is the lack of coordinated public transport when you try to go inland.

 

 

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Posted by K98 - 15 years ago

Top tip:

Enjoy your weekend even more - avoid Cannes!

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Posted by Cabbie-182008 - 15 years ago

From Monaco you can get to quite a few places by train and bus.

Walk around Cap Ferrat - get the train to Beaulieu, walk to St Jean Cap Ferrat approx. 20 mins, then a further couple of hours to slowly walk around the whole Cap.

Nice - get train to Nice (takes 15-25 mins). Plenty of museums and art galleries by bus. Walk along the Promenade des Anglais stopping for a beer in one of the beach bars (some should already be open). Stroll through the old town and try the traditional socca in the Chez Renee bar (touristy, but that's ok if you're being a tourist). Walk round the port and then take the walk around the Cap de Nice, ending up by the Palais Maeterlinck Hotel from where you can catch a bus every 15 minutes back to Monaco.

Monaco - take them to the Casino or to watch a football match if there's one in the Stade.

Roquebrune - I believe the castle is worth a visit. Get train to Roquebrune and then I think there may be a bus, or it's a healthy walk up the hill.

Train to Eze sur Mer, walk up the Nietsche path to Eze Village and visit the perfume factory and wander round Eze. Walking up will take up to an hour, back down in about half an hour.

Walk up the hill from Monaco to La Turbie (goes past or through the jardin exotique, you can locate the walk on a decent map) and visit the monument up there. Walk back down again. I think there's also a walk up to the top of the Tete de Chien.

I'm sure there's more stuff to do, these are just a few that we've done or considered doing.

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Posted by mj-185311 - 15 years ago

Monaco would be the start off point.  They would prefer to go mountain biking but I've been told that it's not really the season and unless they bring their own bikes (w/c is not feasible), it's not worth the effort.

Thanks.

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Posted by mike-179830 - 15 years ago

In that case, what's your starting-point? Fréjus might impose a different list of places to visit than, say Menton...

 

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Posted by mj-185311 - 15 years ago

Unfortunately restricted to public transport. None of us feel comfortable renting a car and driving after seeing how dangerous it can be :)

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Posted by mike-179830 - 15 years ago

Will the visitors have a car, or are you restricted to public transport?

 

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