Provence & the French Riviera Guidebook

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Provence & the French Riviera Guidebook
  • Rick's picks for sights, eating, sleeping
  • All you need to explore the best of Provence and the Riviera
  • Great self-guided walks and tours
  • Extra tips on kids and shopping
  • Easy-to-read maps

    Buy your Provence & the French Riviera Guidebook:

    What's Included

    In Rick Steves Provence & the French Riviera you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on:

    • Arles and Nearby
      • Les Baux and nearby
      • St-Rémy-de-Provence
      • The Camargue
    • Avignon and Nearby
      • Nîmes
      • Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct
      • Uzès
    • Orange and the Côtes du Rhône
      • Châteauneuf-du-Pape
      • Vaison-la-Romaine
      • Côtes du Rhône wine road (including Séguret, Crestet, Suzette, and Gigondas) and other drives
    • ​Hill Towns of the Luberon
      • Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
      • Roussillon and Joucas
      • Gordes and nearby
      • Villages and sights south and east of Roussillon
      • Buoux and Lourmarin
    • Marseille and Nearby
    • Cassis
    • Aix-en-Provence
    • Nice
      • Several self-guided walks and museum tours
    • Villefranche-sur-Mer and Nearby
      • The Three Corniches (including Cap Ferrat, Eze-le-Village, and Le Trophée des Alps)
      • "Quickie Riviera" bus tour from Nice to Monaco
    • Monaco and Nearby
      • Menton
    • Antibes
    • Cannes
    • St-Tropez
    • Inland Riviera
      • St-Paul-de-Vence
      • Vence and nearby
      • Grasse
      • Grand Canyon du Verdon
    • Practicalities
      • Self-guided walks, museum tours, and rural drives
      • Easy-to-follow maps (including color maps of the region)
      • ​Trip planning: When to go, pre-trip checklist, festivals and holidays, recommended books and movies
      • Recommended two-week itinerary and advice on planning your time and avoiding lines
      • Transportation: Trains, buses, city transit, and driving
      • The region's history, culture, and cuisine (including recommendations for cooking courses)
      • Extra chapters on traveling with kids and shopping
      • Handy French survival phrases
      • Detailed advice on managing money, communicating, reserving rooms, handling emergencies, and other helpful hints


    Author(s): Rick Steves & Steve Smith
    Dimensions: 8" x 4 ½" x ½"
    Weight: 10.5 oz
    Pages: 554
    Publication date: November 2015 (11th edition)
    Next edition arrives: November 2017

    Is This the Right Book for Me?

    Should I get both the Provence & French Riviera book and the France book?

    Probably not. If Provence and/or the French Riviera are a small part of a more extensive trip to France, the information in Rick Steves France is all you're likely to need. The France guidebook includes coverage of the most popular destinations in these two regions, and all of the same nitty-gritty practical advice and hotel and restaurant listings. But if you plan to spend at least a week in Provence and/or the French Riviera, Rick Steves Provence & the French Riviera is worthwhile, as it really delves into the region, covering significantly more destinations, and with more in-depth sightseeing information for Nice, as well as extra background on the region's culture, history, and cuisine.

    Updates and Feedback

    Latest updates: When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on France, we post them. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

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