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TOUR PERFECT FRENCH RIVIERA – 6 DAYS

TOUR PERFECT FRENCH RIVIERA – 6 DAYS

TOUR PERFECT FRENCH RIVIERA – 6 DAYS

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Elegant  Tour Côte d’Azur  of the coast and hilltops villages of the French Riviera Mediterranean coast , has an incomparable charm and offers visitors a sweet environment due to its exceptional climate all year round

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 PERFECT FRENCH RIVIERA TOUR – 6 DAYS

DAY 1: NICE, THE COLORED CITY

 

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You will visit Domaine de Katia (1 hour) in the morning, which has been a producer of carnations for 3 generations, a real traditional expertise of Nice, it has 150 varieties of carnations.

Tasting local products at the Katia carnation farm.

Nice.. a carnaval city, beach and sun. Nicknamed« Nissa la bella », this city has always been an attraction for many artists and tourists. The main symbol is the Promenade des Anglais which borders the Bay of Angels with 5 kms of beaches. Here, the exceptional climate has a colourful landscape. The famous Cours Saleya and its street markets will allow you to discover unseen treasures as well as new flavours of the city.

Come and taste some of its culinary specialties, such as Socca, or pissaladière (an onion, anchovy, and olive pizza) which goes well with a Bellet wine – Protected Designation of Origin, a product that grows on the hills of Nice. The flower, vegetable, and fruit marketplace, the fish marketplace has many colours which are the typical flavours of the south. Tour of the old town– with its typical back alleys and its « piazzettas » – The town holds many other secret treasures, it has a typical « cuisine » with intense flavours: The Pissaladières (an onion, anchovy, and olive pizza), Ratatouille (tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis), Pan Bagnat (vegetable bread) or the Niçoise Salad, all generously dressed with olive oil and served with niçoises olives (known as caillettes) small and black.

Day 1 Includes

  • Panoramic tour of Nice, the mini-train that runs a route around Nice Old Town, la promenade des Anglais,
  • Visit to the Bianchi wine cellar
  • Visit to the Matisse Museum and the Marc Chagall Museum,
  • Visit to the Phoenix park, visit to the villa Massena
  • Visit to different museums.
  • In the evening 4 Tokens are offered for an evening party at the Casino Ruhl

Lunch at a typical niçois restaurant in the Old Town

Dinner at a 3 or 4 **** according to the option chosen

Accommodation at  hotel 3 or 4 **** according to the option chosen


DAY 2: NICE THE HILLTOPS VILLAGES

 

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In the morning on the road towards the typical « perched villages » in the niçois hinterland, discover the «  hilltops villages» such as Peillon, Peille, Ste Agnès… Eze high on a rocky peak overlooking the Mediterranean Sea (can’t beat the beautiful views out over the red tile roofs).

Peillon, 15 kms from Nice has managed to preserve its medieval appearance, very rustic, abrupt, into its greenery background, we will see sloping paved staircases weaving among the flowered houses.

We can also find several vaulted passages. Most of the villages first appeared in the XIIth and XIIIth century. When the countrymen that lived in the inshore villages, ran away into the inside height lands where they could stay safe far from the pirates and from the armies of thieves. This charming perched village looks like a hat on the top of the verdant hill which combines the appearance of the medieval architecture with an astonishing view overlooking the blue coastline.

Eze is a stunning-hilltop-village  like an eagle’s nest at the summit of an imposing and splendid cliff, Eze extends seaside to Cap Roux at the forefront of Cabuel. Èze is a jewel, it is like no other hilltop village with small stone streets vaulted passages, beautifully restored stone houses, shady squares and refreshing old fountains.  While you are in this village, overlooking the sea, you can get a splendid scene.

Lunch  at your leisure ( You have a range of  restaurant selections in the guidebook that we offer you)

Dinner at your hotel 3 or 4 **** according to the option chosen

Accommodation at your hotel (3 or 4 ****) according to the option chosen


DAY 3: VILLAGES PERCHÉS – GORBIO – ST AGNES – LA VALLEE DE LA ROYA –SOSPEL – BREIL SUR ROYA – SAORGE -MENTON

 

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Between the Mediterranean Sea and Italy, the Royal Valley sprawls from 180 to around 3000m height. It is close to the giant mythical Valley of Wonders (vallée des Merveilles), in the Mercantour Park which still stands intact includes the landscapes of streams and lakes, emerald gradation basins and a rich and various wild-life.

The entire village of Gorbio is embellished with giant succulents and Mediterranean flowers which keeps these old stones full of history and gives an elegant touch. Several cultural and festive animations are organized (mainly during the summer) as well as musical evenings. The cherry festival is held in June, painting exhibitions are held as well as the well-known slug procession… simple snail shells emptied and embellished with a flame…!

It has been an Episcopal town since the Fifth century, Sospel was for a long a very important stage along the royal road from Nice to Turin, known as well as the salt mule, where the Bévéra was crossed by a toll bridge. It was built during the XIIIth century, the “Old Bridge” still remains. The landscapes surrounding Sospel are splendid. Sospel is a path of crossroads which is good for hikers and is before the famous Valley of Wonders and Mercantour National Park.  Known as «The Olive tree region » with an important hand-crafted activity, Breil sur Roya is a lively village, offering several celebrations such as the famous « a Staccada » (every 4 years) and an historical reconstitution that commemorates the abolition of the “right of the first night”. Saorge is a perched village hanging over the Mercantour, it is an astonishing and unique village because of its geographic position and its general appearance hanging on the slope of the mountain. The Saorge fortified square, is renowned as impregnable and was nicknamed « The Roya bolt ». It was built directly on the rock, the village emits, when we go inside, an incredible impression of safety and inner self.

Ste Agnès is the highest medieval village in Europe (780m ), embellished with huge plants and  Mediterranean flowers.

Lunch  at your leisure ( You have a range of  restaurant selections in the guidebook that we offer you)

Gastronomic dinner in Nice

Accommodation at your hotel (3 or 4 ****) according to the option chosen in Nice


DAY 4: MENTON – MONTE CARLO – ÈZE – NICE

 

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Menton has up to 316 days of sunshine every year. The historic heart of the city beats behind its ochre facades, with its subdue louvered shutter, the Italian way, preserving privacy into the houses and protecting them from the sunlight rays. We go through history as we watch the glazed tiles bell towers. Baroque art has created a remarkable ensemble: The Saint-Michel Basilica paves and some steps further we get to the chapel of white penitents. The church is the symbol of the Russian presence in Menton. At the end of the last century, the Russian colony was quite important in the Côte d’Azur. Thus, in 1880, the great duchess Anastasia, (a granddaughter of Tsar Nicolas I and aunt of Tsar Nicolas II), decided to fund a Russian community named « Russian Orthodox association of Sainte-Anastasia ». In order to allow the young people to come and stay in Menton in one of the houses. There’s a beautiful legend which explains the origin of the town and its symbol, The lemon: Eve, rejected from paradise with Adam, takes a golden fruit from the divine angel and asks her to throw the fruit which was buried in the gulf, now plenty of lemon-trees grow with the softness of the climate, Menton was born in this corner of paradise…

Departure towards Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo was built on a rocky spur overlooking the sea. Since ancient times, the rock of Monaco and its natural port has served as a refuge to primitive populations then to sailors coming from the Orient. During VIth century BC, a ligure tribe lived in the region giving the name of Monaco to the Principality. For seven centuries, The Grimaldi family have presided over the outcomes of the Principality of Monaco. This exceptional dynastic longevity illustrates the national unity between the prince and the people. Monaco is a modern country, with 125 different nationalities living in the Principality.

Departure towards Ezethe perched village.

 Èze is like a jewel, it doesn’t look as the other perched villages with its small back alleys made of stone and its vaulted passages, its stone houses  superbly restored , its  shady palettes (small squares) ,its ancient, refreshing  fountains , this village, overhanging the sea is just beautiful… splendid ! The visit to the botanical exotic garden (optional) is located inside the village, where there is an impressive cactus collection, huge plants and rare species which surround the remains of an old castle at the top of a 400 meters cliff overlooking the sea.

Lunch in Monte Carlo

Dinner at the hotel (3 or 4 ****) according to the option chosen in Nice

Accommodation at your hotel (3 or 4 ****) according to the option chosen in Nice


DAY 5: NICE – CANNES – MOUGINS – GRASSE – NICE

 

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Visit to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild which is surrounded by its famous gardens which face the Mediterranean Sea.

Discover the city with a small train ride or a Croisette with its wonderful palaces.

Cannes is no longer the small town that it used to be,  during the 1830 when fishermen ran  their boats on the shore in front of the port, it become an artistic city and has one of the most famous promenade which runs alongside the bay curve: 3 km of garden flowers, palm-trees , sunshade pines and different kinds of trees until Port Canto, The Palm Beach is a Thalassotherapy centre. After a stroll along the promenade we come back to the centre by the Antibes Street.

When you pass by Grasse, you cannot miss a visit to The Perfumeries (Guided tours in all languages).  The activity of the world perfume capital has turned towards international relations with around 30 perfume factories sending its creations every day everywhere around the world. From everywhere around the world, raw materials are dispatched in order to transform them. Grasse achieved to transform this industry into a remarkable art, bringing luxury, sophistication and quality together. By visiting a perfumery, you will be able to create your own perfume during a workshop.

Lunch will be in the Old Town chez Maitre Renard

Dinner at the hotel (3 or 4 ****) according to the option chosen

Accommodation at the hotel (3 or 4 ****) according to the option chosen


DAY 6: NICE

 

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Take your time and relax yourself in the morning, check out is at 12 H 00.

THE PRICE INCLUDES :
* Car rental: pickup and drop-off from the train station or at the airport, unlimited kilometers,  insurance providing “tiers” or “all risks” coverage
* 4 overnight stays with breakfast provided
* The accommodation is 5 nights with breakfast at hotel 3 or 4 **** according to option chosen (double room)
* 4 dinners
* A gastronomic diner in Nice
* A lunch in Monte Carlo
* A typical lunch in Nice
* A lunch in Cannes at Maitre Renard’s ( or similar)
* Visit to the Domaine de Katia la ferme aix oeillets, tasting local products
* The Pass Riviera 24 H visiting different sites in Nice
* A gastronomic dinner in Nice
* Visit to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
* Visit to Cannes by a small train
* Visit to one of Grasse’s perfumeries

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE :
* Flights
* The airport transfer or other transfer services(between the hotels and airport, train station etc)
* According to your time of arrival or departure you might need to plan an additional night
* We are able to receive you and send you anywhere you wish in France(an airport, a train station, or a street…)
* Meals except for the ones specified above
* Beverages other than the ones specified above
* The hotel taxes (city tax or others)
* Tips, Personal expenses and any extra arrangements
* As marked in the Fuel Policies of Car hire companies, your vehicle will be supplied with a full tank of fuel and must be returned full, missing fuel will be charged on your return.
* Cancellation fees
* Anything not mentioned under “The price includes”

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR BOOKING

TAXES
Hotel taxes are not included in our programs, they are variable, and will be demanded directly by the hotels before your leaving. The taxes can be different between the hotels even if they are in a same standard or have same stars.

CANCELLATION IN HIGH SEASONS
Regardless of the cancellation fees set out in our terms and conditions,  some providers and hotels may apply different rules in high seasons. These terms of payment and cancellation will be specified in each reservation.  You will be  informed  right after your booking . It happens that the hotels require the total booking value in case of cancellation.

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