When traveling to the Côte d'Azur (often known in English as the French Riviera), places such as Cannes, Antibes, Nice, and the Principality of Monaco are often at the top of one's itinerary list. But when taking that walk along Nice's Promenade des Anglais and you notice those highlands behind the city, you realize that there is more to see beyond the riviera.
If you're looking to take a short day trip away from the coast, then the lovely countryside cities of Grasse, medieval Gourdon, and Saint Paul de Vence will fill your day. Getting to the Provence countryside is half of the fun as there are three options at your disposal: 1) Taking the bus, 2) Renting a car avec GPS, or 3) Taking a guided tour. Which ever mode of travel you choose, you should have enough time in a day to take in these three hidden gems of Provence.