FRENCH RIVIERA EXPLORER

HIGHLIGHTS

7 Nights at One Hotel • Nice City Tour • Chagall Museum • Nice Flower Market • Notre Dame Church • Grasse & the Fragonard Perfume Factory • Ventimiglia, Italy • San Remo • Monte Carlo Area Tour • Casino Monte Carlo • Monte Carlo Cathedral • Cannes • St. Tropez

 

INCLUDES

8 Nights Hotel Accommodations, 10 Meals, Tour Director, Deluxe Motorcoach, Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL        EASY  1   2   3   4  ACTIVE

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

Today board your overnight flight to Europe.

 

Day 2 - Arrive Nice

Arrive in Nice, France and meet your Tour Director before transferring to your hotel to begin a 7-Night stay at One Hotel in Nice, the famous city in the French Riviera. Nice is the fourth largest city in France, and a popular destination for vacationers both young and old with something to offer everyone. It is well known for the beautiful views on the Promenade des Anglais, its famous waterfront. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)

 

Day 3 - Nice

Today enjoy a Nice City Tour featuring the Chagall Museum. Located in the heart of a Mediterranean garden, the museum boasts a permanent exhibition of Chagall’s outstanding paintings, his stained-glass windows which decorate the concert hall and a mosaic that Chagall created especially for the building. Continue and visit the beautiful Notre Dame Church, built between 1864-1868, and the largest church in Nice. Also visit the Nice Flower Market, where for at least a century the open square has been a flower market, but the area has served as a marketplace since the time of the Romans. After time for lunch, depart for Grasse, the perfume capital of the world and enjoy a bit of time to explore this quaint town on your own. Later visit the Fragonard Perfume Factory to discover the secrets of the trade and observe the fascinating art of perfume-making. Return to Nice and enjoy the evening on your own. (B)

 

Day 4 - Ventimiglia - San Remo, Italy

Travel to Ventimiglia, Italy to explore this quaint seaside town. Enjoy time on your own to explore the massive street market or wander the cobbled streets. Continue to San Remo, the capital town of the Italian Riviera. Enjoy some time to explore the old town called La Pigna which is characterized by perched houses, steep streets, covered alleys, and little squares--a glimpse of Medieval times. Later return to Nice and enjoy an evening at leisure. (B)


Day 5 - Nice at Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure in Nice to relax by the sea or visit a museum. Maybe join the optional excursion to Aix-en-Provence, the city of art and light. Aix is also ancient, the area was a Celtic-Ligurian capital dating to the 3rd century BC. Visit Paul Cezanne’s Studio which has been preserved as it was when he died in 1906. Just east of Aix, take a picture of Montagne Ste-Victoire which inspired many of Cezanne’s paintings, 87 in all. During your visit to Aix, enjoy a Wine Tasting from a local vineyard of the region before returning to Nice. (B)

Day 6 - Monte Carlo, Monaco

Today travel to the principality of Monaco, a tiny city-state on the Mediterranean Sea and surrounded by France. The most famous district of Monaco is Monte Carlo, the site of the well-known casino and a glittering center of international social life. Upon arrival enjoy a Monte Carlo Area Tour including the 19th-century Romanesque Cathedral, the site of Princess Grace’s Tomb. Complete your tour with a visit to the famous Casino Monte Carlo. Tonight enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the Nice area with your fellow travelers. (B,D)

 

Day 7 - Nice at Leisure

Enjoy a full day to explore Nice on your own. Nice itself is an attraction with its rich blue-green sea, diverse shopping, splendid dining and lovely art-deco façades. Maybe join an optional tour and visit Eze, a medieval French village with craft shops and excellent views of the Mediterranean coast. The excursion also features St. Jean-Cap Ferrat, one of the three major capes of the French Riviera and probably the most beautiful. Visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, built by Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, a wealthy French socialite in the early 1900’s. (B)

 

Day 8 - Cannes & St. Tropez

After breakfast, travel to the famous towns of Cannes and St. Tropez. Travel to Cannes, a glamorous and expensive seaside town considered to be one of the social hubs of Europe. Its moment to shine arrives in May each year as the venue for the Cannes Film Festival, entertaining the rich and famous. Enjoy some time to sit at street side tables and enjoy the favored hobby of people watching up and down the lovely marina. Later travel to St. Tropez, an internationally known seaside resort, renowned principally because of the influx of the French New Wave and later as a resort for the jet set. St. Tropez is a goal for tourists in search of a little Provençal authenticity, and the occasional celebrity sighting. This evening join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. (B,D)

 

Day 9 - Nice - Flight Home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

 

†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.

 

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