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Nice Carnival & The French Riviera

(Tour code: 17PNE)Enjoy Nice's Carnival on a holiday by rail

The Nice Carnival is one of the largest in the world, with decorated floats, fancy dress and many musicians and dancers. Enjoy a fantastic view of this colourful procession during a break to the glamorous French Riviera.

Tour Highlights
  • Nice
  • Nice's carnival procession
  • Menton Lemon Festival
  • Time at leisure to explore the French Riviera
  • Monaco including a guided tour
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Day 1

London to Nice

Depart St Pancras International on the Eurostar after meeting your group at our dedicated St
Pancras Departure Office. Travel to Paris then join the TGV service to Nice for six nights at the Hotel Boréal.

  • Dinner
Day 2


Take a guided walking tour of Nice this morning to see the attractive city's key sights. Following the tour, your afternoon is free to continue exploring at your own pace. Nice is a joy to discover, characterised by pretty pastel coloured buildings and terracotta roofs.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Nice
Nice carnival
Day 3

Nice Carnival

This morning you are free to explore the town and surrounding area. Nice, with its web of intricately linked streets in the Old Town, colourful flower market and seafront promenade, is the epitome of Côte d'Azur elegance and is a delight to stroll around. This afternoon, watch the carnival's Flower Parade, from reserved grandstand seats, amazed by the innovative floats and talented performers who wend their way through the streets in brightly coloured costumes during this magnificent performance. Tonight you are free to return and enjoy the evening's carnival, the Parade of Lights, at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
  • Reserved seats for Nice Carnival
Menton Lemon Festival
Day 4

Menton Lemon Festival

Travel by rail to Menton today, for its famous annual Lemon Festival. The journey to Menton provides incredible views over the towns, sweeping bays and beautiful villas clinging to the rugged hills. Menton is transformed at this time of year as floats parade through the streets and giant citrus decorations are displayed in the town's gardens. Take your reserved space in the stands for a fine view of the spectacular procession.

  • Breakfast
  • Reserved space at the Menton Lemon Festival
Day 5

At leisure

Today is at leisure; perhaps visit Antibes, a pretty harbour town which is home to the Château Grimaldi, a fortress housing some of Picasso's most vibrant works.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 6


Enjoy a trip by rail along the magnificent coastline to the principality of Monaco for a guided walking tour. Discover the historic Old Town, the impressive Cathedral and the splendid Place du Palais. Back in Nice, enjoy a farewell meal this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided Walking Tour
Day 7

Homeward bound

Say goodbye to France as you travel by rail to Paris, to join the Eurostar to London.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that the order of your itinerary may vary dependent on your departure date. Please call for details.


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