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Classic French Riviera: Including Nice, Monaco and Cannes

  • Nice Harbour © A.ISSOCK

    Nice Harbour, French Riviera for groups, group trip to France © A.ISSOCK
  • Nice ©A.Issoc

    Nice
  • Monte Carlo, Monaco © Monaco Press Centre Photos

    Monaco, Monte Carlo, French Riviera, Coastline, city, skyline, © Monaco Press Centre Photos
  • Oranges hanging in the Cours Saleya market in Nice ©Atout France, Palomba Robert

    Oranges hanging in the Cours Saleya market in Nice ©Atout France, Palomba Robert
  • Monte Carlo, Monaco © Monaco Press Centre Photos

    French Riviera
  • Winter Sunset, Monaco © Monaco Government Communication Department

    French Riviera
  • Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens © Thomas Dupaigne

    (French Riviera) Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, France - Villa and Gardens © Thomas Dupaigne
8 day tour
From £415 per person - minimum 25 passengers

With stunning scenery, excellent weather, a magnificent coastline and glamorous resorts, the French Riviera is the ideal holiday destination.

This tour includes many gems of the French Riviera. A particular treasure is Nice, a fabulous city rich in glorious architecture and superb restaurants. Boasting an enticing old town and wonderful markets, it’s a pleasure to explore. Unsurprisingly, it has become the unofficial capital of the enchanting Côte d’Azur.

Explore Monaco’s old town, filled with stunning gardens and a remarkable cathedral. While there, perhaps head to the palace and experience tradition by watching the changing of the palace guards.  Alternatively, if you’re interested in car racing, why not visit the amazing Grand Prix Circuit?

During your stay, you can also visit the wonderful towns of Cannes and the walled village of St. Paul de Vence. This entire coast is a wonderful mix of sunshine and culture. Visit breathtaking villas and admire the gardens along the coast. There is also an abundance of art galleries and charming old buildings.

With the region’s famous year-round blue skies and balmy climate, it is a great destination to visit at any point of the year!


Dates

26th October 2019 & 17th March 2020


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1-2

Travel to the South of France

We take the ferry to Calais then travel south through France. After stopping overnight, we enjoy unfolding scenery en route to our hotel in Menton.

Day 3

Nice and Cap Ferrat

This morning we travel to Nice, the ‘capital’ of the French Riviera with great shopping, splendid dining and lovely art-deco facades. Stroll along the famous ‘Promenade des Anglais’ or visit the atmospheric old town and its flower market. We then visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a palace located in the nearby Cap Ferrat, whose nine gardens overlook the sea.

Day 4

At Leisure in Menton

Enjoy a free day  to explore Menton. With its sunny climate, shady streets, pastel mansions, and a delightful old port, Menton is regarded by many as being one of the most attractive towns on the entire coast. Garden lovers might want to take a short trip along the coast (and just across the border into Italy) to visit the Hanbury Botanical Gardens.

Day 5

St Paul de Vence, Grasse and Cannes

Today we visit the hill-top medieval walled village of St. Paul de Vence, filled with art galleries and boutiques.  We then continue to the beautiful village of Grasse, world capital of the perfume industry. During a visit to a perfume factory we learn some of the secrets of production. Spend an afternoon at leisure in Cannes, the chic home of the eponymous film festival. Enjoy the glittering resort with golden beaches, a marina full of luxurious yachts and the famous palm tree-lined ‘La Croisette’ promenade.

Day 6

Monaco and Monte Carlo

The tiny Principality of Monaco is made up of four quarters, most famously Monte Carlo, home to the casino. Monaco’s fortified old town however feels a world away from the skyscrapers and is instead has a charming feel with a palace, cathedral and stunning gardens. Explore this glamorous town today, perhaps watching the changing of the Palace Guards or visiting the amazing Grand Prix Circuit. Enjoy some free time at the Casino Square or ‘Golden Square’ with prestigious shops, amazing restaurants and luxury cars.

Day 7-8

Return to the UK

It’s time to leave the French Riviera. We make an overnight stop in France as we retrace our steps back to the UK via Calais.


Suggested hotels – Both hotels recently inspected by Greatdays staff

Hotel Méditerranée, Menton ***

The Hotel Méditerranée, Menton is a 3-minute walk from the beachfront, 5 minutes walk from the Casino Barrière de Menton and 10 minutes from Menton train station. The bright rooms come with flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, as well as minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. The restaurant serves Mediterranean and Provençal dishes and there is also a terrace bar with a piano and televised sports.

Hotel Prince de Galles, Menton ***

The Hotel Prince de Galles, Menton is located 7 minutes walk from the beach. Situated in the seaside town of Menton, the former summer residence of Prince Antonio I of Monaco is 2.8 miles from Monaco and the Italian border. The bright rooms include free Wi-Fi, TVs and mountain views. There is a Mediterranean restaurant, plus a bar with a sea-view terrace. Additional amenities include a landscaped garden, a sun terrace and a business centre.


For other tours to Provence and the Riviera, please see:

https://www.greatdays.co.uk/tour/provence-camargue/

https://www.greatdays.co.uk/tour/nice-carnival-menton-lemon-festival/

https://www.greatdays.co.uk/tour/italian-riviera/


8 days, mainstay Hotel Méditerranée, Menton Half Twin Single Supplement
 26th October 2019 From £415.00 per person From £182.00 per person
 17th March 2020 From £419.00 per person From £182.00 per person

 

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.126. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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