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Nice, France's fifth most populous city also happens to be one of the country's most popular and cosmopolitan holiday destinations. Nice's famous beaches, shingle rather than sand, may not be to every holidaymaker's taste but near-continuous Mediterranean sunshine, a naturally beautiful location on the French Riviera, an historic 'old town' that is fascinating to explore and an abundance of enjoyable sights, attractions and landmarks provide more than adequate compensation.

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Portofino
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3.8 stars(117 reviews)
2023AprMayJunAugSepOct
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Nice Carnival & the French Riviera
4.8 stars(13 reviews)
2023Feb
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The French Riviera
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Nice Carnival & The French Riviera
29/Mar
Edward Handley
5 stars
“Well organised, excellent guide. My only complaint is that the hotel room did not have any drawers in which to put clothes etc.
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The French Riviera
28/Sep
Jill
4 stars
“This was a great holiday for me and my art loving friend. Although some co-travellers found the train journey arduous (not very able+ too much luggage) we enjoyed it - all the trains were punctual and the scenery great. We loved your centrally placed hotel (Monsigny) with its great French chef, and we liked being asked our menu preferences ahead of time as the food was fresh and local. The balance of tours to free time was great for us as we wanted to explore and visit exhibitions under our own steam. On our free day we went to Matisse’s Chapel at Vence and the Maeght Art Foundation - our rep Chris helped us with the public transport planning. A trip you could hint at for those prepared to go further afield. We visited all the other Art Museums already mentioned in your itinerary. Chris, our rep did a great job considering he had been drafted in at short notice - he was very good humoured and treated us like adults despite all the counting that had to be done. However, I expect he and other members of the group will have mentioned the serious let-down we experienced on the way home- trying to cross Paris when the connecting coach didn’t appear. We lost an hour which should have been our one eating opportunity, but, more seriously it resulted in a panic and hairy skirmish in trying to get the Eurostar connection. It really spoiled the end of the holiday to the extent that my friend said ‘never again’. The time of our Eurostar connection had been moved to an earlier slot, and I wonder if this had not been followed through by your office and an earlier coach link had not been booked. It wasn’t Chris’s fault - he worked his socks off trying to persuade a driver to take us. Is there any chance of compensation for this anxiety? It seriously marred the end of the Holiday - Perhaps some Rail Discovery vouchers? Otherwise the Holiday was great - did what it said on the tin - thank-you (and Chris). Yours, (Pamela) Jill Norton
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The Italian Riviera
26/Sep
Mrs Valerie Moss
4 stars
“Really enjoyed our recent trip to Italy and Claire our Tour Manager was absolutely brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble, she was very organised and helpful, always around if you had any queries. Went the extra mile on several occasions, even suggesting extra trips on our 2 free days. The Group were a great bunch of people and everyone got on really well, but on the down-side we thought the group number at 43 was too big. This sometime caused problems getting on and off the trains with luggage, making you feel under pressure. All of the hotels were very nice and the food served was good. We had 2 long days of travel, both on Saturdays when the trains were very busy, particularly from Genova to Ventimiglia with no reserved seats on a regional train and no specific luggage space. The onward journey to Nice was by coach arriving around 5.30pm and with dinner at 7.30 it gave you no time to look around Nice as we departed the next morning at 7.00 am. What really was the point of putting Nice in the itinerary, we should have been heading north back towards Paris. Arrival in Paris at Gare de Lyons was 13.34 and our Eurostar from Gare du Nord was 18.13. Even allowing for transfer across Paris and the 60 minutes booking in time 4.30 hours was a long time to kill. Fortunately Claire liaised with the Rail Discovery office and they managed to organise a free lunch for us at a nearby restaurant. Thank goodness as it would have felt like an even longer day as we did not arrive back at St Pancras until 19.30. Being a Sunday this added another overnight stay in London as our last train had already departed. Photos of beautiful Chiavari and some very wet sailors who were out on the bow on our trip back from Portofino !!
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An important trading port since the time of the ancient Greeks, Nice fell under Italian control during the Middle Ages, but disputes in the following centuries saw ownership of the city alternate between Italy, the Alpine royal territory of Savoy, and France with the latter finally gained permanent ownership of Nice in 1860.

The advent of modern transportation, including the arrival of the railway, in the twentieth century saw the rise of tourism in Nice as visitors arrived to enjoy the city's Mediterranean climate, picturesque setting and an urban regeneration that brought new hotels and recreational facilities. Today, Nice is the second most popular French city after Paris, delighting visitors with its historic squares and buildings, a beautiful seafront promenade and a cultural feast of museums, galleries and ancient churches along with the many other attractions and entertainments expected of a modern city-resort.

 
 

Nice

Vieux Nice

Simultaneously relaxed and atmospheric, Nice's 'old quarter' is a jumble of alleyways that wind between dwellings and other buildings which date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Quaint independent shops, delicatessens and traditional bars and restaurants dot these ancient streets, whilst the central square hosts regular markets selling flowers and fresh local produce.

Parc du Château

On a hill overlooking the city, the Parc du Château (Castle Park) can be reached by climbing a long flight of stone steps or by taking the Château Lift at the hill's foot. Although little remains of the sixteenth-century castle, the park offers fresh air and unparalleled panoramic views of Nice and its coastline.

Promenade du Paillon

Providing an aesthetically pleasing link between the historic and modern neighbourhoods of Nice, this brand-new promenade follows the route of the city's underground river - the Paillon - and is a beautiful and relaxing green space featuring lawns, trees, sculptures and spectacular fountains.

Musee Matisse

On a rise to the north of central Nice and situated beside a picturesque park, the Musee Matisse houses a collection of artworks bequeathed to the city by the celebrated French artist Henri Matisse with exhibits including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings and illustrated books. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions by other artists.

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