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Visit France's opulent Côte d’Azur

7 days From £899 per person

2022 Tour code: 22NRS

About the tour

Explore the sights of Nice and discover some of the French Riviera's most picturesque resorts, including Antibes and Cannes, before getting to know hidden Villefranche-sur-Mer and heading to iconic Monaco.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Nice

Begin your holiday at London St Pancras, departing on the Eurostar to Paris before changing for Nice, arriving in the early evening. Check into your hotel in the heart of the city, excellently located 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. There are many attractions to admire along the way, including the cathedral and main shopping area, as well as the Massena, St Francis, and Garabaldi Squares. You'll 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 where you enjoy a delicious taste of Nice as you try socca, a local crispy pancake made from chickpea flour. Following the tour, your afternoon is free to continue exploring at your own pace.

Includes
  • 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, 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. 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Nice

Enjoy a relaxed day in Nice. The Old Town is a delight to explore, with its network of intriguing passageways and small courtyards, filled with quaint shops and inviting cafés. You could also take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, taking in marvellous views of the glittering Mediterranean Sea, spend an hour or two at the Musee National Marc Chagall or Matisse Museum, or head to the beach with your favourite book.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Villefranche-sur-Mer

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, this pretty town has long been a popular holiday resort thanks to its warm climate, sandy beaches, excellent restaurants and picturesque setting. With free time, you might like to admire 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Monaco

Take a coach trip along the spectacular coastline to the iconic 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Nice & London

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

Includes
  • 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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4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 25 reviews

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Steve Martin

4 stars

Submitted 3/Jul

Beautiful place, had a great time but food is not what it used to be

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Stephanie Smith

5 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

Great trip - amazing tour manager - would highly recommend!

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M Goddard

4 stars

Submitted 2/Jul

Generally very nice but at times expensive as expected.

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Hedley Jones

4 stars

Submitted 23/May

Well lead good journey and nice area

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Mr Woodget

4 stars

Submitted 22/May

OK apart from the need to travel across Paris even in a coach.

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Linda Potts

4 stars

Submitted 21/May

Very busy trip, breakfast very good, hotel evening meals poor.

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