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The French Riviera

4.0 stars(58 reviews)

Visit France's picturesque Côte d’Azur

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7 days From £899 per person

2023 Tour code: 23NRS

About the tour

Explore the sights of Nice and some of the French Riviera's most picturesque resorts, including Antibes and Cannes. Discover hidden Villefranche-sur-Mer and head to glamorous Monaco.


What’s included


Day 1 - London & Nice

Begin your holiday at London St Pancras, departing on the Eurostar to Paris before changing for Nice, arriving in the evening. Check into your hotel in the heart of the city, in an excellent location - close to the beach and just behind Nice's largest provincial market, where you'll find an abundance of colourful produce.

Day 2 - Guided tour of Nice

Begin your day with a guided walking tour of Nice, the perfect introduction to the city. Your tour starts at the rustic Renne Socca where you enjoy a delicious taste of Nice as you try socca, a local crispy pancake made from chickpea flour. Before visiting the many attractions along the way, including the cathedral and main shopping area, as well as the Massena, St Francis, and Garibaldi Squares. You'll also stop at Cours Saleya, just behind the Promenade des Anglais, where you have time to look around the traditional antique market. Following the tour, your afternoon is free to continue exploring at your own pace. You could also stroll along the Promenade des Anglais - an evening ritual for many local residents, dog walkers and joggers among them - enjoying sea air and views of the glittering Mediterranean.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Antibes and Cannes

Discover the charming harbour town of Antibes by train. Here, you have time to visit the bustling marketplace, where you can sample a wide array of local produce, or the Musée Picasso, formerly Château Grimaldi. Built on the foundations of an ancient Greek settlement, in 1966 it became the first dedicated to the works of Picasso, and enjoys a scenic perch overlooking the coastline. You might also like to visit the well-preserved Fort Carré, a citadel commanding panoramic sea views. In the afternoon, continue by rail to Cannes, famous for its annual film festival. After time to relax on one of the palm-tree lined beaches, you could make a visit to one of the town's excellent cafés or beach bars. Later, return to Nice by rail for dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Nice

Enjoy a relaxed day in Nice. The Old Town is a delight to explore, with its Flower Market, intriguing passageways, and courtyards of quaint shops and inviting cafés. You might like to spend time at the Botanical Garden of Nice - enjoying views over the Bay of Angels and glittering Mediterranean Sea - or maybe visit the Musée National Marc Chagall just above the city, or the Matisse Museum in Cimiez, a short bus or taxi ride away from the centre.

  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Villefranche-sur-Mer

Today you travel by rail to pretty Villefranche-sur-Mer. Hugging a hillside that sweeps down to a wide, deep bay between Monaco and Nice, Villefranche has long been a popular holiday resort thanks to its warm climate, sandy beaches, excellent restaurants and picturesque setting. With free time, you might visit its natural harbour, the deepest in the Mediterranean, or soak up the laid-back atmosphere in one of the pavement bistros before exploring the Old Town.

  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Monaco

Take a coach trip along the spectacular coastline to the principality of Monaco. Head to glamorous Monte Carlo, home to the world-renowned Casino Royale, before a guided walking tour that includes the changing of the guard ceremony at the Prince's Palace. Monaco has a fascinating history; settled by the ancient Greeks in the 6th century, it was later owned by the Italian Grimaldi dynasty before France regained control during the French Revolution. The opening of Monaco's first casino followed in 1863, and since then the city's reputation as the resort of choice for the rich and famous has grown. Modern-day Monaco is exciting and atmospheric, with narrow alleyways lined with historic buildings, pretty public gardens and a beautiful sun-kissed pebble beach.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Nice & London

After breakfast, transfer to the station and take the high-speed train to Paris. Here, you connect with the Eurostar to London St Pancras.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour 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.


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4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 58 reviews

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5 stars

Submitted 13 Nov 2022

The tour manager ( Karen ) was fantastic , so organised and looking after the group so well . The whole trip went very well apart from the long explanations from the local guides , these could have been a lot shorter

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4 stars

Submitted 31 Oct 2022

This was a good tour, a good mix between excursions and free time.

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Mrs a d.

3 stars

Submitted 28 Oct 2022

The places we visited were lovely,but the time spent in railway stations was unacceptable,as all the group were elderly. I got back home to overcome tiredness.i felt so tired and worn out. This was my first holiday on my own since losing my husband one year before. Our guide Karen helped so much not only me but all people with mobility problems.

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Malcolm Scoones

1 stars

Submitted 24 Oct 2022

Hotel was clean and tidy, The food was not so good ,cook breakfast was never hot , And the evening meals apart for one is not worth talking about. Apart from that the holiday was great , Karen was very good . Malcolm Scoones.

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Deborah Walker

5 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2022

Everything about the trip was excellent although would have liked to have had the opportunity to visit the designer shops in Monaco .

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4 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2022

Very good trip. Should be some help with long trains, benches on the platform.

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