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6 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners
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Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - London & Nice
Begin your holiday at our Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure
Office in London St Pancras where you will meet the rest of your
group and your Tour Manager. Depart on the direct Eurostar to Paris
before changing trains onto the high speed service to Nice arriving
in the early evening. Here you stay at the Hôtel Monsigny. This
recently renovated establishment is located right next to the
city's equivalent of Covent Garden.
Day 2 - Guided tour of Nice
This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Nice. There are
many attractions to admire, including the cathedral and main
shopping area, as well as the Massena, St Francis, and Garabaldi
Squares. There's also a stop at Cours Saleya, just behind the
Promenade des Anglais, where you have time to look around the
traditional antique market. Your tour ends at the rustic Renne
Socca for a tasting of socca, a local pancake made from chickpea
flour. Following the tour, your afternoon is free to continue
exploring at your own pace. The Old Town consists of a network of
intriguing passageways and small courtyards, filled with quaint
shops and inviting cafés. Or perhaps take a stroll along the
Promenade des Anglais itself and enjoy marvellous views of the
glittering Mediterranean Sea.
Day 3 - Antibes and Cannes
Discover the charming harbour town of Antibes by train today.
Here you have time to visit the bustling marketplace, where you can
sample a wide array of local produce, or the Picasso Museum,
formerly Château Grimaldi. Built on the foundations of an ancient
Greek settlement, it's now the only museum in the world 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.
This afternoon, continue by rail to Cannes, famous for its
annual film festival. After time to relax on one of the palm-tree
lined beaches, why not make a visit to one of the town's
fascinating museums? There are plenty to choose from, including the
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence and the Musée International
de la Parfumerie. Later, return to Nice by rail for dinner in a
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 - Nice & Villefranche-sur-Mer
Enjoy a relaxed day in Nice. You could spend an hour or two at
the Musee National Marc Chagall or Matisse Museum, or head to the
beach with your favourite book.
Travel by rail to pretty Villefranche-sur-Mer on Day
5. Hugging a hillside that sweeps down to a wide, deep bay
between Monaco and Nice on south-east France's beautiful Cote
d'Azur, this pretty town has long been a popular holiday resort
thanks to its sunny Mediterranean climate, sandy beaches, excellent
restaurants and picturesque setting.
Although inhabited since prehistoric times,
Villefranche-sur-Mer's natural harbour, the deepest on any
Mediterranean coast, proved useful both to the ancient Greeks and
later the Romans who established settlements here. Today tourism
continues to sustain the economy here; its harbour is the most
visited by cruise ships of any in France. You could perhaps make
the most of the laid-back atmosphere here and relax in one of the
pavement bistros overlooking the tranquil water, before exploring
the Old Town
Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 5 - Breakfast
Day 6 - Walking tour of Monaco
Take a coach trip along the spectacular coastline to the tiny
principality of Monaco. We visit Monte Carlo, home of the
world-renowned casino, before a guided walking tour that includes
the changing of the guard ceremony at the Prince's Palace. Settled
by the ancient Greeks in the 6th century, Monaco was claimed as a
Genoese colony in the 12th century, and later owned by the Italian
Grimaldi dynasty. France regained control of the principality
during the French Revolution, and in 1863 Monaco's first casino was
built. The arrival of the railway in 1868 also boosted visitors,
confirming the city's reputation as the resort of choice for the
rich and famous.
Day 7 - Nice & London
After breakfast, transfer to the station and take the highspeed
train to Paris. Here, connect with the Eurostar back to London St
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.
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.
Train travel to Nice smooth. Enjoyed the itinerary and the tour manager was good.
Overall a good break. The outward journey was particularly tedious meaning we arrived too late at 9.30 pm for an evening meal. Lille where we boarded the train for Nice was uninviting and lacked facilities as did the train to buy anything substantial. Fortunately we did take something from home for lunch. On the return journey from Nice to Paris Lyon then transfer to Paris Nord the Eurostar departure area was marginally better. Two of the included evening meals at the same cafe were of poor quality. The Boreal hotel was perfectly adequate in both accommodation and breakfast. The staff were very good.
Hotel was good and breakfast good. Company good. Disappointed that we didn’t travel direct to Nice.
We enjoyed seeing so much in such a short time. Visiting quieter Antibes and Villefranche contrasted with the busy trips to Cannes and Monaco. The visits to the Perfumerie and Picasso Museum added variety to the tour.
Mrs L Holmes
we had a great time, in the south of france and visited a lot of places