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Stretch your legs on sun-kissed Mediterranean shores, strolling in the footsteps of generations of English aristocrats who once chose Nice to be their holiday retreat. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and will have the day to embark on your own exploration of Nice, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Delve into the Italian heritage of Nice’s elegant Old Town when you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will take you to the heart of the city, Place Massena. You’ll see the Promenade des Anglais along which the who’s who of Europe once relished beautiful seaside views. See the Bay of Angels, apparently named for the mythical angels who are said to have shown Adam and Eve a new home as lush and beautiful as the Eden they could no longer enter. Your afternoon is free to explore the city your way. Resist the urge to hit the beach and consider an Optional Experience to the medieval hilltop town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, a favourite haunt of the rich and famous.
Begin your day in the hilltop village of Dolceacqua with its 12th-century castle. Tread in the footsteps of Claude Monet, walking across the picturesque bridge depicted in several of his paintings. Continue with a visit to an Italian agriturismo in Rocchetta Nervina. Dive Into Culture and savour the flavours of taggiasche olives grown on-site during an olive oil tasting.
After a few days of sightseeing you may be tempted to spend your full free day sprawled on a sun-lounger with a cocktail but, if you can pull yourself away from the beach, consider a full-day Optional Experience to St. Tropez and Cannes. You'll embark on a drive along the scenic coast to Sainte-Maxime and board a boat to St. Tropez where you’ll have some free time for lunch and your own exploration. Returning to Nice, you’ll stop in Cannes, and view the Palais des Festivals, home of the annual film festival. Tonight, enjoy a free evening strolling through the elegant streets of Nice in search of a rich ratatouille, for which the town is justifiably famous.
Follow the scenic Moyenne Corniche, bound for the Principality of Monaco. You’ll Dive Into Culture and stop at Fragonard Parfumerie, which has been crafting delicate French scents since the 1920s. A stop in medieval Èze delivers panoramic views of the sparkling Côte d’Azur, before you continue to La Turbie for a remarkable photo opportunity of Monaco. See the remnants of Roman rule before following the winding road down to the coast and the glamour of Monaco. Here you’ll visit the Roman-Byzantine Monaco Cathedral, where Grace Kelly was married, and the Prince’s Palace, a 12th-century Genoese fortress and the official residence of the ruling Grimaldi Prince of Monaco. Experience lifestyles of the rich and famous at a dinner in Monaco-Ville before we embark on a scenic drive to Monte Carlo, to see the Grand Casino and parts of the Monaco Grand Prix race track.
Follow the Mediterranean coastline south to Antibes, once the haunt of Pablo Picasso. Join your Travel Director for an orientation tour before exploring the bustling market squares. Alternatively, head down to the harbour to admire the many private yachts moored there. Later, you’ll enjoy an exclusive Be My Guest experience as you Connect With Locals over a hearty lunch.
Get your final fix of Nice on this full free day to explore the city on your own. Explore the legacy of great artists like Matisse and Chagall, spend the morning sunbathing or consider an Optional Experience to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, an elegant seaside villa surrounded by beautiful gardens. Return to Nice in time for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, you’ll join your new friends for a rousing Farewell Dinner as you toast to good times, good friends and some French joie de vivre.
Say a fond farewell to your travel companions at the end of our time on the Riviera. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.
Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Available on Day 2
This afternoon take a picturesque drive to Provence to visit the medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence, perched high above the Riviera beaches. A walk through its winding streets with our Local Specialist will reveal elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls, Chagall’s tomb, delightful boutiques, and heavenly views of the mountains and sea. Next, Provence wouldn't be Provence without of a game of pétanque, so we’ll try our hand with an aperitif. Afterward, we’ll retire to a nearby restaurant for dinner, where seasonal Niçoise specialties including, colorful salads and meat dishes, parade from the kitchen. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included, but make sure you leave room for dessert!
Adult Price: € 98
Available on Day 4
Join us for a full-day Cote d’Azur Experience. We’ll cruise across the beautiful Gulf of Saint Tropez, viewing opulent mansions before gliding into the iconic port of Saint Tropez. Our Local Specialist will show us the iconic fisherman’s houses, flanked by jet-setter yachts. We’ll have time to explore, visit the beach and sample local treats before traveling to Cannes, whose eponymous Film Festival, begun in 1946, still attracts stars of the silver screen from the world over. We’ll see Film Festival Palace, with time to tread in the footsteps of Hollywood legends on the Walk of Fame, and finish our day with a glass of rosé overlooking the yachts before returning to Nice.
Adult Price: € 115
Available on Day 6
Join us for an afternoon wine tasting in one of France’s most exclusive wineries. Château Cremat produces the fabled Bellet wine, matured in cellars dating back 2,000 years when the Romans first began making wine in this region. We'll experience a tour of the château and its legendary cellars to understand the wine-making process for these select seven hectares of vines and enjoy a tasting on the terrace overlooking the Mediterranean, complemented by a selection of local cheeses and charcuterie!
Adult Price: € 49
Available on Day 7
Perched atop a peninsula in the scenic Mediterranean coastline, it's easy to see why the Rothschild family picked this to be their summer residence. Our Local Specialist shows us the fairy-tale interior of this masterpiece Renaissance mansion, one of the finest listed buildings on the Cote d’Azur. Then, we'll discover the sumptuous Italianate gardens and voyage through the world's most beautiful flowers. The glorious gardens offer views onto the bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer and the coastline to Monaco.
Adult Price: € 37
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