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The French Riviera from Promenade des Anglais

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20212022
7 days From £1,495 per person

2022 Tour code: NIJ22

About the tour

The wonderful hilltop towns of fragrant Provence combine with chic resorts and the glamorous principality of Monaco on this exciting exploration of Nice and the Côte d'Azur. Join us as we discover the sights, scents and flavours of the French Riviera, a much-loved, sun-drenched holiday hot spot.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Nice

We take the Eurostar to Paris, continuing by rail to Nice for six nights.

Includes
  • Eurostar Meal
Eurostar
Day 2 - Nice

We enjoy a guided tour of the Nice by coach and on foot. We drive up to Mont Boron, which offers terrific views across Nice and the Bay of Angels, before continuing to the hill-top quarter of Cimiez, once home to the artist Matisse. After visiting the bustling Place de l'Opéra and exploring the streets of the Old Town, we make our way to the food market in Cours Saleya. Here, we'll look around the colourful food stalls before transferring to a restaurant in the Old Town to sample a range of local delicacies such as pissaladière, caramelised onion tart, socca, a type of pancake made from chickpea flour, farcis, Provençal style stuffed vegetables, and beignets, traditional French doughnuts covered in powdered sugar. The rest of your day is free before we meet for dinner at a local restaurant.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Nice
Day 3 - Monaco

Our day begins with a coach journey along the Lower Corniche Road, soaking up spectacular views over the Mediterranean as we go. In Monaco, we make our way to the 13th-century Palais du Prince, home of the principality's ruling family for over 700 years, to watch the time-honoured changing of the guard ceremony. Finally, we stop by the famous Casino Square in Monte-Carlo. Following our tour, you have some free time to look around. You could have a flutter in the casino or enjoy a drink in the Café de Paris, Monte Carlo's prime people-watching spot. On our way back to Nice, we stop at Eze, a medieval village set on a rocky peak overlooking the glittering ocean. Overlooking the terracotta houses sits Eze's ruined castle and a peculiar cactus garden, the ideal spot from which to admire the world-class scenery of the Côte d'Azur.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Monaco
Day 4 - Nice

With a free day, perhaps spend some time at Nice's Musée Matisse, visit Villa Ephrussi, just outside of the city, or take the train to Cannes or coastal Antibes. If you're looking for something more relaxed, you might like to send some time beside the sea, either on the shingle beach or strolling along the iconic Promenade des Anglais. A palm-tree-lined Mediterranean version of the Champs-Elysee, this superb promenade separates the glamorous shops and hotels from the beach and takes its name from the earliest foreign visitors to flock to the city - the English.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Grasse
Day 5 – Grasse and St-Paul-de-Vence

We travel by coach to Grasse, renowned as the perfume capital of the world. We enjoy a tour of the Fragonard Parfumerie, where a dazzling array of perfumes and soaps are created, before making our way into the hills of Provence to visit St-Paul-de-Vence. Known as the 'Jewel of Provence', this charming town has been the retreat of choice among artists for centuries and we meet with a local pétanque player for a lesson in how to play this characteristically French lawn game. There's some free time afterwards to explore St-Paul-de-Vence's medieval walls, inviting passageways and shaded squares.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 – Nice

Make the most of your free time today and enjoy a journey on the Train des Merveilles, travelling from Nice to Tende and back. With a name that translates as 'Wonderland Train', travel through the stunning valleys and villages of Southern France, passing the beautiful and hilly region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the picturesque village Breil-sur-Roya, and the breathtaking and rugged Valley of Marvels, famous for its Bronze Age carvings, in Mercantour National Park. Alternatively, you could take it easy, unwinding in one of the city's popular pavement cafés. Later on, we sit down to a delicious three-course dinner at a local restaurant

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Train des Merveilles and Tende
Day 7 - Nice and London

Saying farewell to Nice, we make the return journey back to London St Pancras, travelling via Paris where we board the Eurostar.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal
Eurostar

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Villa Otero, Nice

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La Malmaison Nice Boutique Hotel, Nice

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Trains

Eurostar
TGV

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Reviews

4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 16 reviews

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Dr G Lloyd

5 stars

Submitted 30 Oct 2018

Excellent & Jeannette Croft was a brilliant tour guide.

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Mr W Matthews

4 stars

Submitted 14 Oct 2018

Good overall but one of two glitches

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Mrs A Waters

4 stars

Submitted 07 Oct 2018

We enjoyed the experience overall with our tour leader Paul Taylor. However the changes to the outward journey were really unacceptable as we didn’t arrive at our hotel until very late evening(11.30)ish we were all very exhausted. There was also a situation with the rail trip to Tende which affected the time we had there. And finally we were given the Tuesday as our free day when all the museums were closed which was ridiculous as part of the reason for going on this trip was to visit these. We have been to Lake Guarda with you and that was trouble free. Paul was excellent and was very calm and helpful however he had to deal with these complaints. We would seriously have to consider using your company again.

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Mr G Townshend

5 stars

Submitted 14 Jun 2018

Well organised and despite the French rail strike we arrived on time with a replacement coach for the last leg,

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Mr G King

5 stars

Submitted 12 Jun 2018

We had an excellent holiday despite the rail problems due to strike action.The alternative travel options worked well and revised trip to Tende was excellent even though we went by coach rather than train.

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Mrs M Quinn

4 stars

Submitted 10 Jun 2018

Over all the holiday was OK. However, due to the French rail strikes alterations to the itinerary were inevitable.

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