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The French Riviera from Promenade des Anglais

7 days From £1,595 per person
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2021 Tour code: NIJ21

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 French Riviera, which has long been a sundrenched holiday hot spot.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Nice

We meet at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras this morning, then take the Eurostar to Paris, enjoying the light meal included for Standard Premier Class passengers. In Paris we board the TGV service to Nice for six nights at the Hotel Westminster. Located close to Monaco and the Italian border on the beautiful Côte d'Azur, Nice is the fifth largest city in France and is believed to be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Over the years, Nice has changed hands many times, thanks largely to its importance as a maritime stronghold. It only became part of France in 1860, having previously been an Italian dominion.

Includes
  • Eurostar Meal
Eurostar
Day 2 - Highlights of Nice

Today we enjoy a comprehensive introduction to Nice. Our guided tour of the city, by coach and on foot, begins from outside the hotel. We drive up to Mont Boron, which offers terrific views of the city and the Bay of Angels, with its pebbled beaches and azure water - from which the Côte d'Azur takes its name. Our tour continues to the hill-top quarter of Cimiez, former home of the artist Matisse. The Roman remains at Cimiez offer an insight into the history of the city and the region. After a visit to the bustling Place de l'Opéra and the narrow streets of the old town, we conclude our tour at market in Cours Saleya, just in time for lunch.

The market is just a short walk from the hotel, and from lunchtime you are free to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Nice at your own pace. Perhaps you'd like to see the stunning Promenade des Anglais, arguably one of the most famous promenades in the world. This superb seaside promenade separates the glamorous shops and hotels from the beach and owes its name to the earliest visitors to the resort as it began to be regarded as a tourist destination.

Looking out towards the sparkling Mediterranean it's a popular spot to take a stroll, gazing out at the sea and the stretch of white sand which follows it around the bay. As popular with the locals as it is with travellers and often used as a meeting point, the promenade has become a picture-postcard scene that showcases the best of the French Riviera in one vista and has become known as a palm-tree-lined, Mediterranean version of the Champs-Élysées.

Alternatively, you could visit the Musée Matisse, a museum devoted solely to the paintings of Henri Matisse, the museum was opened in 1963 and showcases the painter's early works to his more contemporary pieces. The museum's collection is built up of art donated by the painter, who lived in Nice from 1917 to 1954. It houses hundreds of drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures by the famous artist. We enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

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 enchanting 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 Mediterranean Sea. Atop the village sits Eze's ruined castle and peculiar cactus gardens, an ideal place to view the world-class scenery of the Côte d'Azur.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Monaco
Days 4-5 - Nice, Grasse and St-Paul-de-Vence

Day 4 is at leisure. Perhaps visit Villa Ephrussi, just outside the city, or take the train to explore Cannes and Antibes.

On Day 5, 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 walled village has been the retreat of choice among artists for centuries. Hidden behind its ancient walls, there's a picture-postcard collection of inviting passageways and shaded squares just waiting to be discovered.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Grasse
Day 6 - At Leisure

With free time today, you could enjoy a journey on the Train des Merveilles, travelling from Nice to Tende and back. This evening, we sit down for a delicious three-course dinner at a local restaurant.

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

We depart Nice and travel on the high speed service to Paris. We then connect with the direct Eurostar service homeward to London, enjoying another light meal aboard and arriving in the evening.

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.

Hotel

Hotel Westminster, Nice

Hotel Westminster, Nice

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Trains

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Train Des Merveilles

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Reviews

94% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Dr G Lloyd

Submitted 30/10/2018

Excellent & Jeannette Croft was a brilliant tour guide.

Mr W Matthews

Submitted 14/10/2018

Good overall but one of two glitches

Mrs A Waters

Submitted 07/10/2018

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.

Mr G Townshend

Submitted 14/06/2018

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

Mr G King

Submitted 12/06/2018

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.

Mrs M Quinn

Submitted 10/06/2018

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

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