Enjoy a romantic escape in Nice, capital of the French Riviera. Take on a guided tour of the city and propose to your special someone in front of a monument of your choice. Mild climate, bright sun, diverse landscapes, and of course beautiful beaches with blue azure waters make Nice a perfect setting for a romantic holiday.
Day 01 : Arrive Nice
Welcome to France and to the capital of the French Riviera - Nice. Upon arrival make your way to the hotel, check in and relax. The rest of the day is free for you to walk around the city and take in the passion the city has to offer. Later discover the city in an unusual and peaceful way aboard an electric tricycle. Try a new and original way to explore the city with electric tricycles, with your own driver. Overnight in Nice.
Day 02 : Nice
Following breakfast this morning, we recommend you make your way to the Promenade des Anglais to board the Little Tourist train that runs for 45 mins taking you through the flower market, old town and the Castle Hill Park.
Parc Du Chateau (Castle Park) which is located on a rocky outcrop towering over Vieux Nice and this park offers a cinematic panorama of Nice and the Baie des Anges on one side, and the port on the other. The 12th-century castle was razed by Louis XIV in 1706; only the 16th-century Tour Bellanda remains. It is a fabulous place for picnics.
Later spend time walking around the Promenade and through the narrow bylanes running into the interiors with its cobble stoned pathways and the quaint and typical restaurants and brasseries. Or you could discover the charming city of Nice and enjoy its fantastic and unique views from open top deck buses and you can hop on and hop off the buses at your own pace. Overnight in Nice.
Day 03 : Nice
Post breakfast embark on an exciting full day excursion to Monaco, Monte Carlo and Eze. The tour departs for the medieval village of Eze, perched high on a cliff above the Mediterranean Sea. Whilst there you will have the chance to visit a traditional perfume making factory of Fragonard. After a wander around the village where every street is full of charm and history, the tour takes you to Monaco, for a visit to the Cathedral where Princess Grace is buried, the Palace and for a drive along the Formula One race circuit. Of course any Monaco tour would not be complete without a stroll around Monte-Carlo with its Casino, superb hotels and beautiful gardens. You return to Nice by evening. Overnight at Nice.
Day 04 : Nice
Wake up to a lazy breakfast and you can opt to enjoy the tour to Cannes, St Paul de Vence and along the beaches of the French Riviera. Enjoy the beauty with walking along the Croisette in luxurious Cannes and appreciate the typical Provencal atmosphere of the medieval village of St Paul de Vence, You are driven along a beautiful coast passing through Marina Baie des Anges, Antibes, Juan-les-Pins and Golfe-Juan to arrive in Cannes. Our tour of Cannes will include the famous Croisette and the Palace of Film where the International Film Festival is held.
The 'Croisette' is fringed by fine sandy beaches, much of them taken over as private beaches by the large hotels and it is there that the prestigious receptions and parties take place during the Cannes Festival. Then it's onto the well-known medieval village of St Paul de Vence, where so many painters and actors live. You will feel its very typical 'Provencal' atmosphere and admire the fortified village - one of the best preserved examples in the South of France, its narrow winding streets, vaulted alleyways and beautiful arcades.
You could also opt to use the 24hrs French Riviera Pass which offers you discounts and free access to tens of leisure activities, visits or restaurants of the French Riviera. With a single card, admire the bay of Angels from the top-deck of the Nice le Grand Tour sightseeing bus stop off to visit the main sights and muséums, go on a guided tour or do some regional wine-tasting OR you could also opt to take a train to Tende which is just 2 hours away.
Tende is a fortified town guarding an important pass into the Piemont. It's a very lovely little Italian-style medieval mountain town, with the houses grouped tightly together on the flank of the mountain. Buildings are typically medieval houses and alpine architecture, with narrow streets, vaulted passages and sculpted door lintels. The houses are roofed inlauze, a local variant of slate, and are often dark in the shadow of the mountains. Back to Nice. Overnight in Nice.
Day 05 : Nice - Aix
Following breakfast this morning, it’s time to head to the train station and board the train for a 2.5 hour journey to Aix. The town of water, the town of art! Upon arrival make your way to the hotel in the city centre and check in. Relax and spend time walking around the city sponging in the ambience and the character of the city. This is a walking city. It actually gets you to travel back in time. Overnight in Aix.
Day 06 : Aix
Wake up to breakfast this morning following which the day is free for you to relax and explore the city and the region further. Arm yourself with a city pass and make your way through the city and the various museums that are a delight to experience. Cezanne the famous painter has his studio here and you can visit the same. Overnight in Aix.
Day 07 : Aix - Avignon
From the Town of Water and Town of Art it’s time to head to the Hinterland, to the lavender growing areas of Provence, to Avignon. The train takes you around 20 minutes. Upon arrival, make your way to the hotel. Check in and the rest of the evening is free for you to walk around and enjoy the environs of this quaint UNESCO World Heritage city or take a cruise on the Rhone River. A must visit is Pont du Gard which is just around 25 kms from Avignon. The Pont du Gard is a three-level stone aqueduct crossing the Gardon river valley. Overnight in Avignon.
Day 08 : Avignon
Post breakfast this morning you must visit the Pope’s Palace, the Saint Benezet Bridge and the Town Centre. This is an Italian city and the architecture here is very Italian and dates back to the Popes period. Stop for lunch at any of the typical restaurants the city has to offer. Come evening and you could spend time at the museums or just walking around the city exploring more. Overnight in Avignon.
Day 09 : Avignon - Arles
Wake up to breakfast this morning following its time to take a 20mins short train ride to Arles for your next stay. Check in your hotel and the rest of the day is free for you to walk around the city and visit the Roman Arena - bullfights and bull games still happen at the arena during summer months, The Roman Amphitheatre or the ‘Arenes d’Arles’ in the east of the ‘ancient quarter’ is the reason why most people visit the city. Built at the end of the 1st century, the history held within its stone walls and arches cannot fail to impress.
The general structural design with terraced seating and oval arena was evidently inspired by the Coliseum in Rome. You can continue to visit St. Trophime Church which is located on the Place de la République. This church has a fantastic Romanesque entrance- well preserved and detailed. On the western portal the intricately sculpted tympanum depicts St Trophime, a late 2nd- or early 3rd-century bishop of Arles, holding a spiral staff. The treasury contains bone fragments of Arles’ bishops who were later canonized. Overnight in Arles
Day 10 : Arles
Post breakfast day is free to further explore the city of Arles. A visit to the ancient museum of Arles is a must. The Musée de l'Arles antique or Musée departmental Arles antique or Musée de l'Arles et de la Provence antiques is an archeological museum housed in a modern building. The museum houses a large collection of antiquities, including monumental Roman sculptures from the local region. Among the exhibits is a model of the multiple overshot water which existed at Barbegal, and have been referred to as "the greatest known concentration of mechanical power in the ancient world.
Later in the afternoon you continue through the Van Gogh Trail. The information of the evocative Van Gogh trail is handed out by the tourist office which is a walking circuit of the city marked by footpath-embedded plaques, takes in spots where Van Gogh set up his easel to paint canvases such as Starry Night Over the Rhône (1888). At each stop there's a lectern-style signboard with a reproduction of the painting and interpretative information.
Day 11 : Arles - Marseille
After breakfast you head to the train station to take your train to Marseille which is just 50 mins away from Arles. Check in to the port city of Marseille. The best way to see the city is either with the Marseille City Pass or the Marseille Hop on Hop off Bus. The City pass is a tourist and cultural passport valid for the next 2 days you are in Marseille with free access to many attractions in Marseille as well as a free ticket for the entire public transportation network (metro, bus and tramway). Enjoy free access to 15 museums including the History Museum, Fashion Museum and Museum of Old Marseille. Go shopping whilst in Marseille and enjoy discounts of up to 10% at the Tourist Office boutique and various other certified shops.
You can enjoy tasting and free samples at certified boutiques including a biscuit factory, delicatessen and soap factory. Also included is guided tours of the town, a boat to and visit of the If-Castle, the tourist train to Notre-Dame de la Garde and discounts for sightseeing tours, show tickets and outdoor activities, all this and much more. While the hop on hop off gives you the flexibility to explore the city on your own as you discover the fascinating Marseille and enjoy fantastic views of the city from open top deck buses. Overnight in Marseille.
Day 12 : Marseille
Day is free to continue using the city pass or the hop on hop off pass or you can take a picturesque tour where you discover the appealing hill towns and colorful landscapes of Luberon region driving through the villages of Lourmarin and Bonnieux and its Lavender fields. Stop at the boutique of the Lavender Museum where you will have the possibility to try out an exclusive line of natural cosmetics made of locally produced AOC fine lavender essential oil. Back to Marseille. Overnight in Marseille.
Day 13 : Depart Marseille
Today its time to say aurevoir to this marvelous country, as you head to the airport to take your flight home. Hope you have had a great holiday!!
Recommendation - You could opt to extend a 2 night stay at St Tropez which is around 2-2.5hrs away from Nice / Marseille and a great suggestion for clients on self-drive or chauffer drive. St Tropez is one of the liveliest towns along the coast with adventure sports, beautiful beaches, the harbor, The Luna Park or Azur Park for the kids and absolute stunning views one could get of Riviera.
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