Explore the French Rivera and beyond

Nice, a combination of sea, city and mountains

Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean, Nice has the insolent charm of southern cities.

With its outstanding light and mild, sunny climate that contributes to its international reputation, Nice is a combination of sea, city and mountains. Combining history, architecture, artistic creations, world-known events and leisure activities, Nice offers much more than just the basics.

Nice is like an open-air museum; it’s full of spectacular modern works of art that add to its Belle Epoque, Art Deco and Baroque architecture. Just raise your eyes and marvel at so much diversity and refinement. Then head off to the museums and galleries (many of which are free) to see the Nice School, Matisse, Chagall and Niki de St Phalle collections and the works of many other artists.

Cannes rolls out the red carpet for you

Sleek, sunny and celebrity-studded, Cannes is a French Riviera city and a curving crescent of beaches, designer shops, Art Deco architecture and weather-beaten pétanque players wedged between the Mediterranean and the back-county hills.

The glamorous side of Cannes can be admired by visiting the "Palais des Festivals et des Congrès" or by being present at its world-famous movie Festival. You can also discover the old town on top of the famous hill of Le "Suquet" where you can visit the ramparts and the Museum de la Castre, ideally housed in the ruins of a medieval castle.

Take the opportunity to appreciate the amazing view over the city, the port, the Croisette and the Lérins Islands. At the foot of the old town, enjoy shopping in the Forville market or in the main artery: the Antibes street.

Finally, go for a walk along the Old Port full of old rigs and yachts.

Monaco, a small country, a lot to experience

The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city state which counts more than 35.000 inhabitants, it is the second smallest country in the world, but the most densely populated! It is also a charming place overlooking the mediterranean sea, between France and Italy.

Beyond the world famous automobile race "grand prix", Monaco offers you an amazing landscape, perfect to have a walk and to enjoy the view on the sea.

Stroll along the Port Hercule, hop on the Aquavision boat to have another view on Monaco. Visit the 11th century Ste Dévote Church, discover the sculptures displayed in the city, head Princess Grace Rose Garden to smell the 4.000 rose trees...

Do not miss the changing of the guard in front of the Prince’s Palace; performed by the Carabiniers, in is an unavoidable show to see. Monaco is also a place where you can have fun in the numerous casinos.

The French Riveria is easily reached by train from Paris by the TGV. Rail Europe connects you to over 15,000 destinations in Europe. Sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving!

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