Whether you want to call it “the French Riviera” in English, or “the Cote d’Azur” en français, we suggest using one simple word to describe the alluring southeastern coastline of France: Magnifique!

The French Riviera, as we’ll call it for now, is one the most glamorous places on Earth, where the crystalline sparkle of its azure waters are rivaled only by the dazzling nightlife and bejeweled citizens. (Even Fodor’s Travel references the region’s inordinate number of ports “where the per-capita population of billionaires must be among the highest on the planet”!)

But in amongst all the glitz and glam is a storied area of the world that has transfixed artists and writers, peasants and nobility, and tycoons and travelers alike for centuries. Is it because of the seemingly tropical climate, palm trees, and golden beaches? Or is it the bounty of fish and flora, villages and vineyards that grace the Cote’s shores and the mountains that seduces so many?

Perhaps you’ll have a completely different opinion on why it’s special here—once you take a journey with Azamara to the Cote d’Azur...we mean, the French Riviera!

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  • Check out Lee Abbamonte’s Destination Immersion blog Nice, France: Hub of the French Riviera to get some Nice recommendations from this 318-countries-visited world traveler.
  • View our photo gallery A “Nice” Day Out at the Market for a little floral inspiration, then let your nose lead the way to the city’s many perfume shops (parfumeries).
  • Guarantee “your ride” on one of our sure-to-be-sold-out Monaco Grand Prix voyages (and remember to book tickets to Formula One’s premier event through Cruise Global, Connect LocalSM shore excursions).


  • Marvel at the impressive collection of paintings at Saint-Tropez’s Musée de l’Annonciade, then head to the legendary Place des Lices to watch a game of pétanque (France’s version of bocce).
  • Choose from such Saint-Tropez Cruise Global, Connect Local shore excursions as a walking tour of the Old Town, wine tasting in Ramatuelle, or visiting Grimaud, dubbed “the Little Venice of France”.
  • Take your senses for a promenade along Cannes’ La Croisette and enjoy the sights and sounds of gentle waves, charming cafés, and luxury boutiques.


  • Tantalize your taste buds with such iconic French foods as coq au vin, escargot, soufflé, steak tartare, pot au feu, cassoulet, and soupe à l’oignon (otherwise known as French onion soup).
  • Park yourself down at a beachfront café and treat yourself to a leisurely lunch of ratatouille and rosé (followed by crème caramel or tarte Tropézienne), and watch the yachts go by.
  • Check out Azamara’s photo gallery of Delicious Meals Around the World to see which quintessential foods of the French Riviera made our delectable list.

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