A Scenic Journey Through the South of France: A 1-Week Itinerary
South of France
Food & Wine
The South of France, with its picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and Mediterranean allure, beckons travelers from all corners of the globe. If you're planning a week-long adventure through this enchanting region, we've got you covered. Join us as we explore the idyllic towns of Valbonne, Eze, Saint Paul de Vence, Cannes and Antibes, and discover the best places to eat, things to do, sights to see and boutique hotels to stay in along the way.
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Where to stay
Hôtel Le Saint Paul
A luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Old Quebec City, where historic charm meets modern elegance.
Hôtel Château de La Chèvre d’Or
A luxurious hillside retreat in Eze, France, offering breathtaking Mediterranean views, gourmet dining, and opulent accommodations in a fairy-tale chateau setting.
Hôtel Martinez - The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
Upscale hotel overlooking the Bay of Cannes and art deco style rooms.
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Day 1: Explore Nice Old Town
Morning: Arrive at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport
Check in to your boutique accommodation, like the elegant Hotel Negresco or the cozy Villa Bougainville, both offering a unique French Riviera experience.
Stroll along the Promenade des Anglais and take in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
Explore the Old Town (Vieux Nice) with its narrow cobblestone streets, vibrant markets and historic buildings.
Day 2: Valbonne
Head to Valbonne, a charming village with a Provençal market square. This little village is one of the lesser-known destinations, but is an absolute must to experience "small town," or in this case, small village life. Make sure to visit on a Friday so that you can take advantage of the Friday morning market here, where you'll find some inexpensive and unique gifts for everyone on your list!
Check in to your boutique hotel, like Le Club Mougins by Diamond Resorts or Hotel Les Armoiries, both offering a cozy and intimate atmosphere.
Savor a delicious lunch at Café des Arcades.
Explore the nearby Sophia Antipolis technology park.
Return to Valbonne and dine at La Piazza, known for its Italian cuisine.
Day 3: Eze
Drive to the hilltop village of Eze.
Stay at the exquisite Château de la Chèvre d'Or, a luxurious boutique hotel with stunning views and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Wander the medieval streets of Eze and visit the Fragonard Perfume Factory.
Enjoy lunch at Chèvre d'Or, where you can dine while soaking in panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
Return to Eze and dine at La Chevre d'Or's gourmet restaurant for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Day 4: Saint Paul de Vence
Head to Saint Paul de Vence, an artists' haven surrounded by medieval walls.
Check in to your boutique hotel, like Le Saint Paul, a charming hotel within the village walls.
Visit the Maeght Foundation, a world-renowned art museum.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at La Colombe d'Or, where Picasso and other famous artists once dined.
Return to Saint Paul de Vence and dine at Le Tilleul, a quaint restaurant with a Provençal atmosphere.
Day 5: Cannes
Drive to Cannes, famous for its film festivals and stunning beaches.
Stay at Hotel Martinez, a prestigious and glamorous boutique hotel right on the Croisette.
Explore the historic Le Suquet district.
Have lunch at La Mère Besson, a cozy Provençal restaurant.
Experience some of the best shopping along Boulevard Carnot, a street that runs north-south through the entire city.
Enjoy the nightlife of Cannes or relax on the beach.
Day 6: Antibes
Visit the Picasso Museum in Antibes, housed in a historic château.
Stay at the elegant Hotel Belles Rives, a boutique hotel with a rich literary history.
Lunch at Le Don Juan, a restaurant with a view of the Port Vauban.
Relax on Plage de la Gravette, a beautiful sandy beach.
Day 7: Nice
Spend your last day in Nice exploring any missed attractions or doing some last-minute shopping.
Have a farewell lunch at Lou Pilha Leva, a family-run restaurant known for its Provençal dishes.
Take a leisurely walk along the Promenade des Anglais.
Savor your final dinner at Restaurant La Rotonde, a classic French bistro.
Need to Know
As your one-week journey through the South of France comes to an end, you'll leave with memories of charming villages, delicious cuisine and the Mediterranean's azure beauty, all while staying in some of the region's most enchanting boutique hotels. This itinerary captures the essence of the region, offering a perfect blend of relaxation, cultural exploration, and luxury accommodations. So pack your bags and let the South of France work its magic on you! You can really see these villages in any order you like as traveling between them isn't very difficult so feel free to switch up the order!
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