French Riviera Vacations specializes in the French Rivera, and wants you to enjoy this spectacular area to its fullest.
We could easily write over 1000 pages on the many towns and picturesque villages. Most travel guides do exactly that.
And, many guides include a lot of information on hotels and restaurants that you may not need. It takes time to wade through them to see what you want.
Listed below are direct links to the web sites of tourist information offices for the major towns and villages. You will also find direct links to the important sights and attractions. (If links go directly to sites in French, click English to get the information in English)
All towns between Menton and Cannes can be reached by public transportation (bus and rail). Information on self-drive programs – by regular, luxurious or classic cars – and optional guided minibus tours will be available prior to your arrival.
Consult this link (http://www.beyond.fr/villages/06villages.html) for all towns in the Alpes-Maritimes. Click "map" and use Google's option on the left to scroll up for close up maps and satellite maps. (Also for important sites, bus and rail travel, hotels, gastronomy, sports, books and more.) You can start your French Riviera Experience right now!!
The “2014 French Riviera Winter Experience” program is based in Nice, the major city on the French Riviera with lots of attractions and activities. All flights arrive at Nice Airport.
Nice is the center of the French Riviera with interesting towns along the coast - stretching EAST via Monaco to Menton (on the Italian border) and WEST via Antibes and Cannes to St. Tropez.
Nice Webcams - link on top right
The Hinterlands of Nice – refers to a group
of perched villages in the hills above Nice, brimming with history
Enjoy lunch overlooking the harbor in this pretty town.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is the major port on the French Riviera for American cruise ships. (Advice from a local guide: If your friends are taking a Mediterranean cruise advise them not to buy the excursions on board the ship...they are overpriced, offer a mediocre meal, and they’ll be herded around. With two couples or more have you own minibus with driver-guide for up to 8 persons. (Contact us if you need the facts)
There are two parts to this town.
Roquebrune – Cap Martin - click tourist office link on this French site (soon in English)
Menton – The Garden city of the French Riviera
San Remo (nearby in Italy)
Saint-Paul-de-Vence – Fortified town with 60 galleries and studios
Vence – Historic town with many art galleries and studios
Valbonne / Sophia Antipolis – Valbonne is the old village. Sophia Antipolis is France’s Silicon Valley.
Tourettes-sur-Loup – city of Violettes, artist studios and crafts
Mougins – known for its gourmet restaurants and Photography Museum (click Mougins Tourisme on right)
Grasse – “Capital of Perfune” with major perfumeries (free tours)
Medieval village, known for its arts, crafts, and local products.
The village offers an incomparable panorama of the Cote d’Azur (50 miles Nice – Cannes – Theoule-sur-Mer)
Scenic trains - This site offers links to information in English for:
- Nice to Digne - Provence Train - Train des Pignes - French only site
- Roya Bevera Valley - Train of Marvels - Train des Merveilles - French site only